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Old 01-12-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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What cities have the best public transportation, or are the easiest to get around in by bike, light rail, etc. ???

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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What cities have the best public transportation, or are the easiest to get around in by bike, light rail, etc. ???

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Old 01-13-2010, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Newark, New Jersey
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NYC, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, DC have excellent public transport systems.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:24 AM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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^^^ What she said.

High density cities...which are usually also the most expensive.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Il
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I like HappyEndings list, would add Chicago to it. Most people I know there don't have a car.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:41 PM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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#1 New York City
#2 Washington, D.C.
#3 Chicago
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I would also add Philadelphia to HappyEndings list.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Denver
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1. New York City
2. San Francisco
3. Boston
4. Washington DC
5. Chicago
6. Philadelphia

I think Portland, Oregon would probably be somewhere behind those cities.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Now in Houston!
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NYC is the hands-down winner.
  • Extensive 24/7 public transportation network that reaches every part of the city
  • Nearly 100% of the city is walkable, with all of life's necessities no more than a few blocks away. The only exception would be parts of Staten Island and Eastern Queens that are more spread out and suburban, but even those areas are more walkable than typical suburban subdivision-type communities.
  • Hundreds of miles of bike lanes, many of them built recently

In fact, NYC is perhaps the only place in the country where owning a car can actually make your life more difficult than not owning one (in most parts of the city)
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I basically 2nd Tmac9wr's list. Those are basically the cities where you can do it without much trouble, at least in parts of the city. But, even in those cities (except NYC) most people still have cars and drive at least occasionally.

Outside of NYC and the close in areas of the others, having a car is usually easier than not having a car.

Beyond those cites, there are lots of other cities where it can be done, if you live and work near the DT or a university.
Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Portland, Seattle. Of course, you would be pretty limited in your choice of retail/restraunts/workplaces, etc. But, it could be done.

I was talking to somebody who lived in Milwalkee for a couple years without a car. That is not a city I would normally associate with car-free living.
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