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Old 04-22-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Plano
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No one uses the public tran.? Maybe I'll ask in a new thread and see if their are any users out there.

There are very few people who use public transportation in Dallas. It's just not as accessible as it is in Chicago. I know some jobs have asked if you have a car because it's nothing like the system in Chicago.
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Knox - Henderson
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Of course there are plenty of people who use DART rail. However, it is most used by people going downtown from farther out points such as the northern suburbs. Because Dallas is so spread out, we don't have a station every few blocks all over town. That's just not feasible. It's more commuter friendly than for people who just want to go a couple of miles within the city (with some exceptions).
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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If public transportation in Chicago is so good, why does anybody own a car?

Here are car ownership figures from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Cars registered in the six-county region

...............................1990 1996
Chicago ..............1,047,499 1,107,653
Suburban Cook ....1,569,115 1,638,783
DuPage ................532,525 619,124
Kane ...................194,888 227,891
Lake ....................311,987 370,250
McHenry ..............114,843 148,186
Will .....................202,079 252,166

TOTAL ..............3,972,936 4,364,053

These figures indicate a 10% increase in car registration in Chicago, over just a 6 year period!

The most obvious answer is that many people in the Chicagoland area think you need a car to survive, just like Dallas.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:48 PM
 
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Those are interesting stats. I wouldn't have thought to look those up. Thanks aceplace!
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Why are we comparing Dallas to Chicago, it's like comparing Apples to Oranges?
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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Because I love Chicago, but hate the cold. I want to move to Dallas, but have only been a few times. So, I wanted to see how you guys would say they are alike, or dislike.
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Because I love Chicago, but hate the cold. I want to move to Dallas, but have only been a few times. So, I wanted to see how you guys would say they are alike, or dislike.

I have no idea how Chicago is.

And I am bias because I live in North Texas. North Texas is a great place to live and raise a family....and I am sure there are other great states around to.

Texas Pros
Cost of living
No State tax
Vehicle fees are low
Greenbelts
Friendly people
Great schools
Great Colleges
Lakes
Big all about Family state
always something to do every weekend

Texas Cons
Highest property taxes in the country
A lot of HOA communities
Texas drivers learned to drive in the autobon
Speed limit here is slow 60 (guess that's good cuz they driver like mock 90)
Trucks and buses can drive in the fast lane here (that's drives me NUTS)

Does some of that help?
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:26 PM
 
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I like that list. What's an HOA community?
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Home Owners Accociation, where you have this neighborhood that you pay dues. Usually the hoods have community centers, community pools, some have golf course and such. They (the HOA) are like neighborhood watch....(or police). Most , not all HOA are very strict. Like you can't park your car in your driverway or in front of your own house....or you can't paint your trim of your house a certian color without approval. Don't get me started in HOA I had a bad experiance with my so called laid back HOA community. So I moved.

HOA are good for some people, but not me.
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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Oh I see. That's interesting. I've never lived in an HOA community before. But, I have lived in a condo which had an association before.
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