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View Poll Results: Which of these cities is best for living without a car?
Seattle 23 51.11%
Minneapolis 10 22.22%
Denver 7 15.56%
Portland 5 11.11%
Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-07-2013, 12:44 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'd rather rely on trains than buses personally so I'd go with Portland. Seattle's light rail network is very small in comparison.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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living both in Portland and Seattle I would chose Seattle even though Portland has beter transportation. Seattle is more dense and I had easy access to grocery , food, and bars all easy walking distance and i lived in four different places in Seattle. When I was in Portland I found myself taking transport alot more for everyday errands.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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Walking in the rain and snow isn't fun. Denver by a landslide. I wouldn't want to be carless in any of these cities and for the Twin-Cities I'd want two.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Walking in the rain and snow isn't fun. Denver by a landslide. I wouldn't want to be carless in any of these cities and for the Twin-Cities I'd want two.
Two for what?
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Love your analysis, JaBoyd!
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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While that is true, as you move away from the core in Portland it easily becomes the weakest of the 4. Many factors to consider, I did rank Portland a close second. I guess it would depend on how much weight you gave each category. Personally, if I was to live carless in one of these cities, I would choose Seattle because its neighborhoods and frequent transit network are generally more robust than Portland's.
You make some good points, but what about Hawthorne, Belmont, Division, Alberta, Mississippi, St. John's, and the many other Portland neighborhoods outside of downtown that are very walkable? Some of those corridors are miles long and are very pedestrian-friendly.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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Denver, I love that city, but I wouldn't try to get around without a car. My last trip there was over 5 years ago, has their mass transit improved that much?
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Denver, I love that city, but I wouldn't try to get around without a car. My last trip there was over 5 years ago, has their mass transit improved that much?
Well, I'm not sure about the bus system, but the light rail has improved a lot in the last 5 years and ridership has increased. By 2015/2016 there will be a commuter rail to the airport. A lot of construction going on from Downtown to the Airport. Also just checked, and the light rail ridership numbers are up to 69k due to the opening of the West Line. https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...ml%3B960%3B685

There was suppose to be a streetcar running down Colfax avenue, but I don't know if that's going to happen soon.

I also agree that if you want to explore Denver, it's best to do it with a car. There are still some pretty walkable areas in the city though, especially near Downtown.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Grand Forks, ND
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You make some good points, but what about Hawthorne, Belmont, Division, Alberta, Mississippi, St. John's, and the many other Portland neighborhoods outside of downtown that are very walkable? Some of those corridors are miles long and are very pedestrian-friendly.
They're great nodes, I'm not denying that, but compared to Ballard or the U-District? All those nodes are fairly linear, which makes it harder to walk to all the amenities in them. I agree with Ironcouger, you're more likely to find yourself having to use transit in Portland's nodes than you are in Seattle.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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Two for what?
Regular car & a winter beater.
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