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Old 07-08-2012, 05:14 AM
 
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It depends upon one's expectation level for service. Someone who has lived in NYC, Chicago or DC for example probably would find most transit systems entirely inadequate. The fact of the matter is one can survive carless in most larger cities if one can discipline themselves to work their schedule around the transit schedule which often times is an every 30 minute occurrence waiting for a bus or train, versus a few minutes in the rare instances mentioned above. I found that living carless in a big city was fine, particularly if one has car-sharing available. Check out Zipcar...which is in many US cities and offers the opportunity to run errands, shop or just to plain get out of town for a few hours/the day. Zipcar
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Portland, Oregon.

But in it, just as any city, where you live, where you work, and how much you want to travel far and wide through the city affect how easy it is to live carless. But I know a lot of people here who manage it just fine.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Probably many, if not most. It will depend on where you live within a city though.
And depending on the city, how much you are willing to do to make it work. In New York, being car free is often the best choice. Some other cities where that might be the case for certain neighborhoods would be Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, maybe San Francisco. After that, there are several cities where it can be done, but might not be the most obvious choice.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Chicago and DC by far after NYC.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Trains seem to be the thing that urbanism geeks go crazy for but from a practical standpoint you can live without a car in any city that has a good bus system and walkable commercial nodes. I lived without a car for five years in Minneapolis, it is very do-able.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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Chicago and DC.

CHICAGO- CTA, Metra, PACE, great cab service
http://mappery.com/maps/Chicago-Train-Map.jpg



DC- metro map
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...-metro-map.png
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:47 PM
 
Location: The City
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Cab service as referenced above, a great asset

to me NYC, Chicago, Boston, Philly, DC, SF have it others are all a step below (ore much more limited in the areas where highly present). To me this adds to the walkability factor

FWIW the Philly Transit map

http://www.septa.org/maps/pdf/click-map.pdf
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I've always liked the DC and Philly maps. Since we're posting them, here's a couple Boston maps:


mbta.com


mbta.com

As many of us have said, though you can live without a car in most cities. These maps reflect cities where many can also live without a bus.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:04 PM
 
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Outside of a few of the major US cities. America is lacking in mass transit compared to other countries
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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Trains seem to be the thing that urbanism geeks go crazy for but from a practical standpoint you can live without a car in any city that has a good bus system and walkable commercial nodes. I lived without a car for five years in Minneapolis, it is very do-able.
Trains are superior to buses in that they bypass the traffic. Also, it has set stops, so you know exactly when it'll stop (if it's running smoothly). I hate riding a bus when some requests a stop at every block. It's the worst knowing that they're making my commute that much longer.
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