Unfortunately for readers in the Philadelphia area, that's "a German town," not "Germantown."
Vauban is a new, 2,000-home development in the university town of Freiburg, Germany that's being developed on a 94-acre former military base as a haven for green, family-friendly, car-free living. There are 150 cars/1,000 residents, compared to the city-wide average of 430, and the US average of 640. Of course, a key factor is that a full 1/3 of the town's population is under 18 years old.
The streets are too narrow for cars, and there are tons of playgrounds and parks, four kindergartens and a Waldorf school. According to the district's website, the main goal was to develop the community in a sustainable, co-operative, participatory way. There are no single-family houses. The US city the CS Monitor compares it to is Davis, California, also a bike-friendly, liberal, college town.
Which is all awesome. If you're a no-nukes, bikin' treehuggin' babymaking egghead hippie. Otherwise, just live in New York City.
New German Community Models Car-free Living [csmonitor via archinect]
Vauban District, Freiburg [vauban.de]