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Old 08-03-2021, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Lee County, Florida
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Is there a place in Florida that is walk able or have good public transit? I loved the food, weather, and culture of Florida and the fact that I am from here. But, I had grown tired of driving every where here in Fort Myers and kinda of tired of the suburban sprawl. I remember visiting cities like Montreal, Lisbon and DC and loving there walk able and enjoyed exploring there cities metros. I know that Miami has something, but I am look for to area not to crazy, so pls don't recommend places like south beach.
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Old 08-03-2021, 05:51 AM
 
Location: West Florida
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The only places that come mind are downtown Miami/Brickell (which you don’t like), St-Petersburg, and Downtown Orlando/Eola.

All are very small (in terms of walkability) compared to the cities you mentioned.
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Old 08-03-2021, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Inland FL
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That does not exist unless you live downtown somewhere.
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Old 08-03-2021, 07:34 AM
 
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We don't "do" walkable here. Haven't you noticed how hot it is?
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:38 AM
 
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Is there a place in Florida that is walk able or have good public transit? I loved the food, weather, and culture of Florida and the fact that I am from here. But, I had grown tired of driving every where here in Fort Myers and kinda of tired of the suburban sprawl. I remember visiting cities like Montreal, Lisbon and DC and loving there walk able and enjoyed exploring there cities metros. I know that Miami has something, but I am look for to area not to crazy, so pls don't recommend places like south beach.
Short answer, no. The cities you mention are HUGE. Frankly most of the US is not really "walkable." And I suppose everyone has their own definition of what that is. If you want truly "walkable" you need to be in one of the big cities you mentioned or one like it, and definitely not Florida, It's too hot here for that.
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Old 08-03-2021, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The only places that come mind are downtown Miami/Brickell (which you don’t like), St-Petersburg, and Downtown Orlando/Eola.

All are very small (in terms of walkability) compared to the cities you mentioned.
Yep, those areas are the closest thing we’ve got to ‘walkable’ in Florida
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Old 08-03-2021, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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https://www.movebuddha.com/blog/15-m...6sOpZq0pbFPBcU

This link ranks Miami as the 1st 15 minute city in the US, according to its algorithm. Orlando was 18th.

As other posters have mentioned, you aren’t going to overall find something as walkable as those places. But Miami Metro (well, specifically Miami and surrounding cities) is probably your best bet in Florida, and maybe/likely in the entire Southern US on a citywide level/variety of things you can get to.

There are certainly relatively calmer areas in Miami (and on a citywide level, idk that Miami Beach is the best place to live in the city without a car) that have transit connection. Even Doral could qualify on a certain level. But, look into these places: Coconut Grove, South Miami, Dadeland/certain parts around it, Kendall. Places like Wynwood, Morningside, North Miami and Aventura will get better if the rail connection up there is completed as planned.

One more thing: IMO, Gainesville and Tallahassee are sleepers here, depending on what activity level you need in a city, and what you do for work.

Edit: Ironically, Lexington was the only other City ranked in the study, at 25.
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Old 08-03-2021, 12:30 PM
 
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Is there a place in Florida that is walk able or have good public transit? I loved the food, weather, and culture of Florida and the fact that I am from here. But, I had grown tired of driving every where here in Fort Myers and kinda of tired of the suburban sprawl. I remember visiting cities like Montreal, Lisbon and DC and loving there walk able and enjoyed exploring there cities metros. I know that Miami has something, but I am look for to area not to crazy, so pls don't recommend places like south beach.
There are a few noteworthy walkable neighborhoods in FL I would recommend.

Check out Downtown St Petersburg south of I-375, north of I-275, east of I-275 and west of the bayfront. It's about a 20 block by 30 block area with two Publix stores, a CVS, the St Pete Farmers Market, shops, world-class museums, galleries and tons of restaurants/bars. It's very walkable with an overall Walk Score of 91. There's also significant bike usage in the area.

Hyde Park near Downtown Tampa is similar with less of a condensed feel (more greenery/trees if that matters) but still very navigable on foot with more grocery options (Publix, Trader Joe's, Fresh Market, Sprouts, Winn Dixie), Walgreens, CVS and many other shopping options at Hyde Park Village, plus of course many restaurants/bars. The Walk Score there is a 74.

Riverside/Brooklyn in Jacksonville nearly rivals St Pete's eclectic vibe/culture and Hyde Park Tampa's greenery/trees with a considerably lower cost of living. It has Walk Score in the mid 80s and plenty to do/going on in the neighborhood including a really good Saturday Farmers Market. The neighborhood features a Publix, Fresh Market, Grassroots Natural Market and Walgreens.

If you can go with a smaller city I would check out Gainesville, where the center core and slightly west (Downtown, Duck Pond, Innovation District and 5th Avenue neighborhoods) have Walk Scores in the 90s and a plethora of people out and about on foot or biking. There's two Publix stores, two each Walgreens/CVS and a lot of restaurant or other shopping options. It obviously doesn't have a big city urban vibe but does have that consistent academic buzz of a college town many find invigorating. The cost of living is by far the best of the group and if able to figure out the work situation or don't have to, a very nice option in my opinion.
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Old 08-03-2021, 04:57 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Jacksonville has walkable areas despite it's sprawling size, I was able to commute by bus thanks to living in the Urban core of the city, but it's not a city I would recommend going without a car unless you don't mind 30 min-hr bus wait.
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Old 08-04-2021, 05:59 AM
 
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Florida has no walkable cities. The closest is Miami. Most downtowns, large or small, are walkable, but these are only small blocks and represent a small portion of the city. Plus they have horrible public transit.

I’ve seen a lot of recommendations for St. Pete and while I agree it has a nice, walkable grid, walking around St. Pete is hell, as it’s got way too many palm trees downtown which don’t provide an ounce of shade. As a result, the sun is absolutely brutal as you’re trying to walk everywhere, in addition to the stifling humidity. Miami at least has a bunch of tall buildings to block the sun. Downtown Orlando has a lot of trees that provide shade. Public transportation is also better in these cities than St. Pete, and continuing to improve, while Tampa Bay largely retains the status quo (although the Sun Runner recently became available in Pinellas!).
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