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Old 04-28-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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Other than Northeast cities none. Only in places like Boston is it possible. Anywhere else you will be deemed a idiot and told to get a car by local people.


I would not want be in any city without a car.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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Other than Northeast cities none. Only in places like Boston is it possible. Anywhere else you will be deemed a idiot and told to get a car by local people.


I would not want be in any city without a car.
Same here. No matter how great the transit system there are always places that are hard to get to without a car. When I lived in London I had a 15 minute walk from the station to my school that really sucked in the rain/cold and I really wished for a car. Also buying groceries is a real hassle.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:17 PM
 
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Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore (?) and DC, plus San Francisco. Since New York and San Francisco are off your list, that basically only leaves 3-4 convienent options, all in the same region.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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Same here. No matter how great the transit system there are always places that are hard to get to without a car. When I lived in London I had a 15 minute walk from the station to my school that really sucked in the rain/cold and I really wished for a car. Also buying groceries is a real hassle.
Eh, I think it's how you adjust. I found the opposite to be true and I lived in a city that isn't quite as transit friendly as London (Boston). When I needed a car, I rented one. It's far cheaper to rent a few times per year as needed than it is to own and maintain a car (and pay to park it in the city). Zipcar makes it really easy for city dwellers.

Groceries aren't hard. I used to make more frequent small trips (on the way home from work) rather than one big trip. When I need to make a big trip or shop for things outside the city (like go to Ikea), I'd A) Rent a car/Zipcar, or B) Take a Cab/Uber/Lyft.

When the weather sucks extra bad, Uber, Lyft, or Cabs made life easier. In fact, it's nicer to sit in the back of a warm car and let someone else deal with driving in traffic in the crappy weather than deal with it yourself.

Honestly, services like Uber have made it easier than ever to live without a car. The fill transit gaps and eliminate the hassle of tracking down and flagging cabs. The combination of relying on transit and walking mostly with occasional Zipcars, rentals and cabs/uber/lyft makes it pretty easy as long as the city is somewhat transit friendly and walkable.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore (?) and DC, plus San Francisco. Since New York and San Francisco are off your list, that basically only leaves 3-4 convienent options, all in the same region.
There are several big U.S. cities outside of those few where people live without cars, but they are pretty confined to a few areas that are well-connected by transit. Lots of people live in Midtown/Downtown Atlanta without a car and seem to do fine, but if they need to get to Cobb County it's a real adventure and very time consuming...and a large part of Metro Atlanta is inaccessible to them without catching a ride with someone. It seems like a lot of cities are like that.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:31 PM
 
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Eh, I think it's how you adjust. I found the opposite to be true and I lived in a city that isn't quite as transit friendly as London (Boston). When I needed a car, I rented one. It's far cheaper to rent a few times per year as needed than it is to own and maintain a car (and pay to park it in the city). Zipcar makes it really easy for city dwellers.

Groceries aren't hard. I used to make more frequent small trips (on the way home from work) rather than one big trip. When I need to make a big trip or shop for things outside the city (like go to Ikea), I'd A) Rent a car/Zipcar, or B) Take a Cab/Uber/Lyft.

When the weather sucks extra bad, Uber, Lyft, or Cabs made life easier. In fact, it's nicer to sit in the back of a warm car and let someone else deal with driving in traffic in the crappy weather than deal with it yourself.

Honestly, services like Uber have made it easier than ever to live without a car. The fill transit gaps and eliminate the hassle of tracking down and flagging cabs. The combination of relying on transit and walking mostly with occasional Zipcars, rentals and cabs/uber/lyft makes it pretty easy as long as the city is somewhat transit friendly and walkable.
The biggest difference is that I didn't WANT to drive in London. Even crossing the street was nearly deadly a couple of times because I had to remember to look for cars coming from a different direction than I was used to in the U.S. And driving to work would have been a nightmare.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:06 PM
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Other than Northeast cities none. Only in places like Boston is it possible. Anywhere else you will be deemed a idiot and told to get a car by local people.


I would not want be in any city without a car.
Not true. There are places all over the country where it is actually easy to live without a car.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:19 PM
 
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Pittsburgh is very doable without a car within the City.... Buses, Light Rail, 3 BRT's, Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar... Uber and Lyft are almost never more than a 10 min wait here, unless its during Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, or big event weekends.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:33 PM
 
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Makes a difference if you're talking cities you CAN live in without a car, and cities where you would WANT to live in car free.

I'm making 6 figures with no debt, a $1,100 mortgage payment and I haven't had a car here in 12 years, because I have no interest in getting one. I just don't think about it or need one. I rent a few times a year and I'm always relieved when I can ditch the thing. It's just an obligation and a responsibility.

Many cities you can live in car free, but I wonder if you would choose to if money were no issue. I would think that might narrow it down a bit to certain areas like NYC, Chicago, San Fran, Boston and DC.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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Yeah, it really is neighborhood dependent. I'd say most major US cities have some areas that you can live in comfortably without a car. In the more bike-friendly cities, get a bike and it makes it even more doable. Cities with high taxi and ride-share (Uber, Lyft, etc) presence are going to be at the top of the list. I know my friend lives in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle and doesn't have a car and it's not a big deal at all.
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