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Old 01-04-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I need a car occasionally, but for the most part, I am car-free. I have an unregistered old car for tornado and sleet events,
and rent one when going interstate.
I chose my latest city based on two criteria. Lots of local business's and the ability to conduct my affairs car-free. We are such an auto-centric society most people cannot even conceive living without one. Cutting as much car travel out of your life is liberating. You dont know how toxic all the negative time and money spent in/on them is to your quality of life until you dont have to anymore

I'm with you. Other modes of getting around besides a vehicle when you can. I also think driving in car centric cities can be very stressful. Mainly because you are tied to that vehicle, and the option of just taking a bus or walking are not there. I don't like that type of feeling. I also don't like the fact the traffic problems all these cars cause in cities like that, as well as all the pollution. Phoenix has terrible air pollution on top of all the dust in the air. In fact I think its dangerous to live completely dependent on your vehicle. What if one's finances changed and they could not afford a vehicle, or what other costs come with ownership. Or an injury even a simple one were to prevent you from driving for days to weeks. A multitude of reasons. I just think its good to have options. I don't feel being completely tied to a vehicle is sensible in todays world.

I'm curious what city met your criteria?
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Richmond/Philadelphia/Brooklyn
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