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View Poll Results: ATL vs SD for a carfree lifestyle?
ATL 17 44.74%
SD 21 55.26%
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:42 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Is San Diego Seattle?NO.I live downtown Atlanta.My house and neighborhood is less than a 10 minute walk to the subway station.I know its hard for some of you to believe but not everybody in Atlanta live in the suburbs stuck in traffic everyday.
Did I ever claim San Diego was Seattle? NO. I clearly brought up a point how having a better rail system doesn't automatically equate being able to better live without a car.

I grew up in a house that was a 10 minute walk to a BART station but that's all it was pretty much within walking distance too. You maybe not be stuck in traffic because you're talking the train but that doesn't mean you don't live in the suburbs.

I'm interested to hear something about a car free lifestyle in Atlanta aside from "we have MARTA".
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Did I ever claim San Diego was Seattle? NO. I clearly brought up a point how having a better rail system doesn't automatically equate being able to better live without a car.

I grew up in a house that was a 10 minute walk to a BART station but that's all it was pretty much within walking distance too. You maybe not be stuck in traffic because you're talking the train but that doesn't mean you don't live in the suburbs.

I'm interested to hear something about a car free lifestyle in Atlanta aside from "we have MARTA".
I just told you about my roommate and myself.
I used to not have a car for a while after an accident.I have lived and worked all over this city at different times in my life without a car.I walk to a Wal-Mart that is next to the MARTA station,restaurants and go swimming at a city indoor pool at a nearby park. that is near my house.When I need to go further I go to the subway and hop on with my bike.What more do you want to hear?Atlanta does not a have a beach!lol

Again.This is about SD and ATL.We are NOT discussing BART are we?Obviously rapid rail is faster and can get you more places quicker.With buses it also helps.Light rail is decent but in no way has the capacity of heavy rail.
Let's not also forget that Atlanta's streetcar will be open next year.

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Old 08-08-2013, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Atlanta also has a better rail system than Seattle too, doesn't mean it's necessarily a better place to live with out a car though. I would think living in a dense, walkable neighborhood with all the amenities one needs is a bit more important than being able to take a train to the airport or some tourist attractions. Haven't heard much on that end with Atlanta yet regarding neighborhoods.
The train connects neighborhoods and takes you to alot more than just "some tourist attractions and airport"

Taking the train can get you to Centennial Park, CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, Underground Atlanta, Peachtree Center, Georgia State University, Atlanta University Center, the Arts Center, Piedmont Park, Midtown, Buckhead, Lenox Mall, Phipps Mall, Atlanta Medical Center, Perimeter Mall, the Perimeter Center, Philips Arena, the Georgia Dome, the Georgia World Congress Center, Downtown Decatur square, The Greyhound Bus Station, Doraville, Chamblee, East Point, College Park, Fox Theater, the Civic Center, the Airport and others spots. Quick free shuttles are provided from the train stations to Georgia Tech, Atlantic Station, and Turner Field.

Rail travel by Marta is really quick and convenient. Much faster than bus travel and considerably faster than most light rail lines.

Soon the Streetcar line which is under construction will add Auburn Avenue and the Market there to the list of places easily assessable by rail.

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Old 08-08-2013, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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I also have and can walk to the Georgia Dome or I can ride MARTA which has two stops in the same area where the HAWKS play at Phillips Arena and the Falcons play at the Dome.I could then hang out and shop at Atlantic Station just 10 minutes North of Downtown by hopping on MARTA to the Arts Center Station and take the free shuttle which only takes less than 10 minutes and comes every 15-20 minutes all day long.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:55 PM
 
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San Diego has more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and generally a more pedestrian-friendly landscape citywide. However, obviously Atlanta has better transit with MARTA.

Personally, I think San Diego is better without a car because as a whole the City feels less auto-oriented and I like that there are a good number of walkable neighborhoods outside of Downtown.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:25 AM
 
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San Diego has more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and generally a more pedestrian-friendly landscape citywide. However, obviously Atlanta has better transit with MARTA.

Personally, I think San Diego is better without a car because as a whole the City feels less auto-oriented and I like that there are a good number of walkable neighborhoods outside of Downtown.
I agree with this. San Diego is better than Atlanta without a car. I have lived in both places and rode transit in both places. Atlanta is not easily walkable in most areas. For example, try walking down to Buford Highway from either the Chamblee or Doraville stations.

Living south of the 8 freeway will make life without a car more doable in San Diego.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:31 AM
 
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I agree with this. San Diego is better than Atlanta without a car. I have lived in both places and rode transit in both places. Atlanta is not easily walkable in most areas. For example, try walking down to Buford Highway from either the Chamblee or Doraville stations.

Living south of the 8 freeway will make life without a car more doable in San Diego.
So what is it that makes Atlanta less walkable? Sidewalks? Street facing storefronts? Wider streets?
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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It also links up with other systems like CCT and Gwinnett Transit.
Gwinnett Transit is a joke. Buses that come about once an hour. No weekend service except one route from Sugarloaf Mills to Doravile.

In San Diego one can get on the train, get off at Fullerton station and take the OCTD 43 bus(runs every 15 minutes) to Disneyland.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:51 AM
 
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I agree with this. San Diego is better than Atlanta without a car. I have lived in both places and rode transit in both places. Atlanta is not easily walkable in most areas. For example, try walking down to Buford Highway from either the Chamblee or Doraville stations.

Living south of the 8 freeway will make life without a car more doable in San Diego.

You're talking about an area that's easily 8-9 miles northeast of Midtown....I bet you I can go 8-9 miles outside of DT San Diego and the neighborhoods wouldn't be walkable either.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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I agree with this. San Diego is better than Atlanta without a car. I have lived in both places and rode transit in both places. Atlanta is not easily walkable in most areas. For example, try walking down to Buford Highway from either the Chamblee or Doraville stations.

Living south of the 8 freeway will make life without a car more doable in San Diego.
Might have something to do with the fact that its CHAMBLEE and DORAVILLE.2 different cities that are not ATLANTA!LOL
And actually Buford HWY has improved alot because there has been a lot of pedestrian traffic in that area getting hit by cars.
Sidewalks and crosswalks have been added and improved.There are a lot of people walking around Buford Hwy.
You mention one area way outside of the city as if thats evidence.Can you get around easily in the suburbs of San Diego?

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