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Old 05-16-2020, 04:27 PM
 
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Does anyone have recommendations in Alabama? Standalone towns would work best for me. Corvallis, Oregon, would be an example of what I'm talking about. Any info you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks! -- John
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Old 05-17-2020, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Birmingham, AL
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i can't think of a single CITY in alabama that doesn't require a car, much less a small town. public transportation is not great in the south outside of a few areas. maybe a small college or coastal town? auburn, fairhope, etc... again, i don't think any of these truly fit your requirement, but these might be the closest. (i assume by "standalone" you mean no suburbs... otherwise, maybe homewood?)
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:39 AM
 
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i can't think of a single CITY in alabama that doesn't require a car, much less a small town. public transportation is not great in the south outside of a few areas. maybe a small college or coastal town? auburn, fairhope, etc... again, i don't think any of these truly fit your requirement, but these might be the closest. (i assume by "standalone" you mean no suburbs... otherwise, maybe homewood?)
Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
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Old 05-17-2020, 04:04 PM
 
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Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Mentone, Eufaula
All big maybes, I assume you would have a car, just wouldn’t use it
on a daily basis.
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Old 05-18-2020, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Dothan
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Currently live in Dothan (don't come here whatever you do) but have you checked out Tuscaloosa or one of the southern satellite communities of Birmingham? I think Hoover is around 100k + and I would imagine public transportation should be decent with the city that close and college towns usually have decent public transit. Just a thought.
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Old 05-18-2020, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, AL
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^tuscaloosa has officially eclipsed the 100,000 mark.

and he said "standalone", so i'm not sure if that meant no suburbs or not. but i would think homewood meets his criteria more than hoover. homewood at least has some walkable characteristics and a pretty quaint little downtown with surrounding neighborhoods.
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Alabama
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You could get along in Fairhope without a vehicle.

BRATS provides public transport throughout Baldwin County, and Fairhope's downtown is beautiful and walkable.
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Old 05-18-2020, 09:44 PM
 
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You could get along in Fairhope without a vehicle.

BRATS provides public transport throughout Baldwin County, and Fairhope's downtown is beautiful and walkable.
I looked into Fairhope, and it seems too good to be true. What's the catch?
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I looked into Fairhope, and it seems too good to be true. What's the catch?
It seems to draw more artistic minded people for some reason, and the education level of the people there are likely higher than other parts of the state. I have a cousin that moved there several years back, she tried to have an art gallery here in my conservative town, but it didn't work. She has had a lot of success in Fairhope.
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Alabama
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I looked into Fairhope, and it seems too good to be true. What's the catch?
The "catch" is that it's expensive by AL standards (still cheaper than most of the rest of the US though), and it has a reputation for being snobby.

I've spent a lot of time in Fairhope, and people have been nothing but pleasant to me and my family. I've never seen snobbishness.
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