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Old 09-23-2013, 08:39 PM
 
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Finding an apartment within walking distance of grocery store / pharmacy/ church (if important to you)/ those places you go at least weekly- is KEY.
I second this, especially the part about grocery stores. Beside work and home the grocery store is where you'll be most frequently, and if you have one within walking distance that's the vast majority of your travel covered without stepping foot on the DART. And of course many grocery stores have pharmacies inside too, so there's a plus.

It's definitely doable, but live close to a DART line and its surprisingly "not bad" getting around Dallas. You learn to plan around your transit options. (I have a car but the traffic here is horrifyingly bad so I try to use DART as much as possible)
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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Kudos to you if you can do it in Dallas, but I would put money on the fact that you wont last past the 4th of July in the summer.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I have two car-free friends in Richardson who ride the DART rail and buses regularly. They're both fine with it, but I wouldn't be!
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Kudos to you if you can do it in Dallas, but I would put money on the fact that you wont last past the 4th of July in the summer.
Second that. Our summers are just too brutally hot and humid. Baltimore doesn't even come close...
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Second that. Our summers are just too brutally hot and humid. Baltimore doesn't even come close...
I disagree. There are tons of places that are hotter or more humid where people mainly get around by foot; Like Cairo!

Heck, even New York gets really muggy in the summer, and millions of people walk there.

Unless the OP is morbidly obese or way out of shape even a .5 to 1mile should be doable with out being drenched. I doubt the the OP is obese or out of shape if already walking/biking everywhere. However, walking and biking is a good remedy for those things.

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It is definitely possible but takes careful planning - ie, both your job and your apartment / house need to be located on the same light rail line to keep things as simple as possible....or live close enough into downtown that the bus line is a straight shot in (ie, some of the renovated apartments on Gaston just south of Lakewood Village where the bus ride is probably 10-15 minutes with no transfers).

Finding an apartment within walking distance of grocery store / pharmacy/ church (if important to you)/ those places you go at least weekly- is KEY.

I'll echo what other pp's said about cycling in Dallas. We have some great recreational cycling spots like White Rock Lake and the 200+ miles of trails the city is building to connect to one another. What we don't have many of AT ALL is cycling lanes on surface streets. I used to live near White Rock and it always made me nervous seeing the cyclist on Abrams or Fisher on their way to the lake- they act like they think they are cars and the cars are somewhere between oblivious and annoyed to share the surface streets with bikes.
^this

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Old 09-24-2013, 07:56 AM
 
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The July average high in NYC is 84. That is the highest of the year. Average lows are in the 60s or below every month.

Dallas is a searing furnace compared to NYC.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Irving, TX
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ajacksb,

Welcome!

You should be covered there. Be aware that you will need to drink a LOT more water in the summertime than you're used to - Maryland takes a 99-degree/99-humidity day for granted, so if you're like a lot of Marylanders, you won't think it really is all that different...but it is. The sun is *much* more intense down here -- we're more or less on the same latitude as Tripoli. In the winter, the temperatures will mostly be a joke by your standards (many of the natives start pulling out blankets when it's in the low 60s, if that tells you anything), but unlike Maryland, if we get a "real" winter, you can expect strong, cold northern winds, and you'll need to take both the heat and the wind into account when you plot out your routes and such. The urban canyons of downtown magnifies the heat and funnels those winds bigtime, and it can get quite unpleasant. If you plan for it ahead of time you ought to do great -- if you don't, you may find yourself driving eventually anyway (you wouldn't be the first I've met driving from a downtown loft to a downtown job!).
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:25 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Kudos to you if you can do it in Dallas, but I would put money on the fact that you wont last past the 4th of July in the summer.
I was thinking the same thing. Let's get a pool going, each kick in five bucks, and pick a date in 2014 that the OP will surrender and buy a car.

I'll give him a little longer and say....August 16th, 2014.

No offense, OP; I applaud your desire to live car-free, g-d knows I'd love to ditch mine...but it's next to impossible here.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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I have been car-free in Dallas for over 4 years now. So it is definitely possible. The key, as a few others have mentioned, is planning where you live with respect to where you work. Since you will be working downtown, it should not be a problem at all.

Another key is to realize that DART is a lot more than the rail system. The buses will take you many more places than the rail. I have ridden them for 4 years with no problems and have met some great people as a result. That would not be possible stuck in a car on Central.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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I guess what I'm saying is there isn't any reason you cant live close and bike most of the time, but why not get a car anyway and avoid pigeonholing yourself into one area or dealing with some awful weather. Get an old clunker--the cost will be minimal and insurance will be cheap...and it will be there when you need it.
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