When residents of the International Business District (IBD) in Songdo, South Korea go to work, pick up their kids from school, or shop for groceries, driving is optional.
That’s because the $35 billion district — currently a work-in-progress about the size of downtown Boston — was designed to eliminate the need for cars. 
A project that began in 2002, the area prioritizes mass transit, like buses, subways, and bikes, instead of road traffic, according to Stan Gale, the chairman of Gale International, the developer behind the IBD.
When completed by 2020, the district will span 100 million square feet.
Take a look at the IBD’s plan below.
IBD’s largest park, measuring 101 acres, was inspired by Manhattan’s Central Park.
“What you see today in Songdo, a city that is compact and very much walkable, is a direct outcome of this thoughtful approach to planning,” Gale said.
When the government started planning Songdo City in 2000, 500 tons of sand were poured into the marshland to lay the …
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