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Old 04-28-2015, 03:29 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.
It's pretty much like that anywhere. NYC is undoubtedly the biggest exception, but there are some areas of Boston/SF/DC/etc where living without a car would be very inconvenient, while there are other areas where it would be simple. I think the main difference is that some cities have more neighborhoods that are connected by convenient transit than others, ad those are the ones where it would be easiest to live without a car.
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Old 04-28-2015, 03:38 PM
 
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Not true. There are places all over the country where it is actually easy to live without a car.
Maybe so but in many of those places it's very inconvenient as businesses are often far away and if the town/state is big enough where the towns are far away from each other then it's not worth walking. You will definantly find yourself asking for rides in them places.

North East states and the Pacific Northwest west of the mountians by the ocean is the only place in this country I would do any time without a ride. Even Chicago has things too far away to be without a car.

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Old 04-28-2015, 03:38 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.
Yes! Sometimes that's all we need...a few well-connected neighborhoods where it's easy to live without a car. Doesn't have to be a whole city. I'll be living in Orlando soon without a car, albeit not permanently, but I'll be living in a walkable neighborhood that is only a few miles from Downtown...and the city has a high Uber presence.
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Old 04-28-2015, 03:40 PM
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Maybe so but in many of those places it's very inconvient as businesses are often far away and if the town/state is big enough where the towns are far away from each other then it's not worth walking.
Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, etc. are all great places to live without a car. And they aren't in the Northeast. There are many more cities as well. I don't think they are inconvenient at all. But then again, you said you wouldn't rely on any public transit system...so that changes things.
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Old 04-28-2015, 04:48 PM
 
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One thing to consider is dietary quality. For a healthy diet, you need access to fresh produce. Having a car makes it easy to get to the supermarket. Often corner-stores have lackluster produce, and God knows where restaurants get it from.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:29 PM
 
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NYC is the only city where it is the norm to be car free.

Then there are five or six cities where it's common, but nowhere near the norm- DC, Boston, SF, Chicago, Philly, and maybe Seattle (and basically in that order).

After that, basically none, except for some hipster enclaves and college towns.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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The East coast and Seattle are the only foot friendly places in this country.

You would be a fool to try to live anyplace else without a car.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:53 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.
So even if you lived in New York City you'd have a car? THAT'D be idiotic.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:55 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.
A 15 minute walk isn't that long.
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:37 PM
 
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So even if you lived in New York City you'd have a car? THAT'D be idiotic.
Northeast I'm cool without one but I'd prefer to have one stored in a garage in Jersey somewhere just in case I wanted to travel out of town for a while.
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