Freiburg, Germany received the IMCL City of Vision Award in 1993 for their committment to principles of livability and sustainability in all planning and urban design issues. The creation of an extensive pedestrian zone in the old city, enhanced with paving, streams, a daily farmers market, and appropriate human-scale, mixed-use architecture ensures the city's vitality. Dedication to promoting walking, biking, and public transit links to surrounding neighborhoods and cities has dramatically reduced car use. Planning coordination among cities and towns in the Germany-France-Switzerland Upper Rhine region established sustainable regional planning principles that curbed sprawn and big box retail, thus ensuring the cities' economic vitality and protecting agricultural productivity.
Other cities that have received the IMCL Livable Cities Award include: Ravensburg, Germany; Strasbourg, France; Tuebingen, Germany; Portland, OR, USA