U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-12-2007, 09:00 PM
 
2 posts, read 2,956 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

We are returning from two years in Bondi Junction, Australia, (a suburb of Sydney) which we absolutely LOVED! We are trying to find somewhere in the US that has as many of the characteristics as possible that we loved in Bondi Junction.

Specifically, we are looking for a location where (for most things) you don't need a car. Where the gym, the library, the grocery store, the pharmacists, the shopping mall, the farmers market, the primary school and several restaurants are walking distance away.

Where we lived was also a really low traffic area: only cabs came down our street and the next street over (with several pedestrian walk ways in between) was pedestrianized. We have young children so this was really attractive to us.

We also really liked that where we were was no more than a half hour's transit time (by car, bus or train) to the city proper with access to a major airport, professional sports teams, numerous kids activities, theatre, concerts etc.

The one other thing we really liked about where we were was that for maybe 90% of the year we could enjoy the fresh air, not needing either heating or air conditioning in our home. A place where this percentage was high would be attractive to us.

We realize that it's unlikely to find somewhere that meets all these criteria but would really like to get as close as we can.

If the above description fits a neighborhood/location that you're familiar with, we'd really like to hear from you. Or, if you know of any resources that might be able to help us find neighborhoods or locations that fit these criteria, you'd REALLY be helping us out by sharing.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and ideas!

M&M
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-12-2007, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
2,806 posts, read 15,200,407 times
Reputation: 1076
Most walkable neighborhoods in the USA are in the Northeast, however they don't have good weather like you're looking for.

Have you looked into San Francisco? Its definitely walkable and has much better weather than out here in the Northeast.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-12-2007, 11:03 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
2,408 posts, read 13,358,698 times
Reputation: 1792
I concur with mead. The majority of walkable communities that are not in the central city in this country tend to be found in the older streetcar suburbs of older cities in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest as well. Many suburbs of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and other cities in these areas would fit the bill, but all of these areas don't have the best weather (you need heat in winter and A/C in summer). Unfortunately, our development for the past 50 years or so has been geared towards the automobile so there tends to be a shortage of walkable communities in "newer" areas. Portland has been

Contrary to popular belief however, Los Angeles actually has a good number of walkable sections. However, they are also criminally expensive to live in. Santa Monica being a good example of that. The same can be said for parts of San Francisco. The city of San Francisco itself is the most walkable outside of the Northeast, and parts of Oakland and Berkeley and a few select other suburbs, are quite walkable as well. So in this case, you'd have the weather and the walkability, but the cost would be the biggest issue, although that may not be an issue for you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-13-2007, 02:39 AM
 
2 posts, read 2,956 times
Reputation: 10
"Portland has been"

Portland has been what???
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-13-2007, 07:39 AM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
2,408 posts, read 13,358,698 times
Reputation: 1792
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikenmaurya View Post
"Portland has been"

Portland has been what???
Whatever you want it to be. This is a Fill in the Blank message board.



No, it appears that I didn't proofread and just began a thought and then abandoned it. I guess what I was going to say was that Portland has been praised for it's neo-urbanist style of development, is very friendly towards bikes and public transit and has some good stretches of walkability in the city itself although not as much as the suburbs. However, like the other choices I mentioned in that paragraph, Portland's weather won't have you heat and A/C free year-round.

Truthfully, with the weather criteria you'd be pretty much sidelined to California, which as I said does have some walkable communities but is incredibly expensive. It's more a matter of weather vs. cost.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-13-2007, 07:34 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 15 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
86,985 posts, read 102,540,351 times
Reputation: 33045
Many neighborhoods in Denver meet your criteria and are family-friendly: Wash Park; DU; Park Hill; Highlands; even Sloan's Lake except not much shopping. Weather isn't as bad as 'conventional wisdom' says; is usually bright and sunny even when cold. Also some of the older suburbs, esp Arvada, for one.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-13-2007, 11:35 PM
 
Location: dayton
147 posts, read 633,578 times
Reputation: 39
LA?
don't wanna move there
you absolutely need a car there
lots of crime
downtown is spread out
polluted
etc.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-14-2007, 10:53 AM
 
1,516 posts, read 6,151,821 times
Reputation: 521
You may like Asheville, NC.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-18-2007, 12:38 PM
 
606 posts, read 2,777,426 times
Reputation: 134
Detroit's Corktown, in betwen downtown and Mexican town, prettu nice, very safe. the mexican food is really good, and mexico town is also very lively, along with downtown, which you can WAlk to.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-18-2007, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
739 posts, read 2,717,870 times
Reputation: 203
Denver's older neighborhoods
also stapleton- check out the website. walkable schools, shops, parks, activities, 10 min to downtown
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top