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Old 10-11-2016, 09:08 AM
 
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Owning a car in Boston is a nightmare. When I lived in Boston only a small few of my friend had cars. In most (all?) neighborhoods of Boston/Cambridge/Somerville a car isn't a necessity.
I think it really depends on the neighborhood. While I think a car is an unnecessary expense, and I wouldn't advise anyone in Boston to buy one, it isn't that big of a hassle.

I lived within a 3 blocks of this (not sharing my exact street), on a street that looked identical.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3455...7i13312!8i6656

Parking was occasionally frustrating, but there isn't daily alternate side of the street parking like in NYC, so you don't have to move the car very often. We'd usually drive if we had to go somewhere in Cambridge or Brookline. I think we explored more of the city with a car than we would have without one. I surely would never have eaten at Singh's Roti or Anh Hong without a car.

I think you have to live Downtown or in the Back Bay for parking to be so difficult that it negates the benefit of car ownership. Again, I wouldn't buy a car in Boston, but I surely wouldn't dump one I already owned if I were moving there.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Ehh having a car seems like a huge PITA in much of NYC. Driving around the block for an hour looking for a spot is never fun. (Finding parking is often a hassle in Kensington, Brooklyn where I have family)
Well, you can buy/rent a parking space. Or valet. Or have a driver. I have been in much "worse" cities in Asia for owning a car but fortunately in those places my friends/family could afford having a personal driver.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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Outside of NYC, none. NYC is the only U.S. city where a majority of households don't own cars.

In every other U.S. city, cars dominate.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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A lot of Philadelphia you can easily live car free. I own a car only because I used to work in a suburb that wasn't convenient to a commuter train. Now I work back in the city, and I hardly ever touch my car. It'll sometimes sit there for weeks without being touched (I last filled my tank in early September). Also, trying to find parking in South Philly is a royal pain so its always easier, cheaper, less stressful, and oftentimes quicker just to take the subway or bus.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:48 PM
 
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I lived in both DC and Philly and would say either is about equal in terms of parking issues with a more favorable edge to Philly for ease of owning a car. Both suffer tremendously in neighborhoods where multi level brownstones have been subdivided. NYC and San Francisco are two cities where it's a huge pain in my opinion pretty much across the board, and beyond them doable elsewhere other than certain inner city neighborhoods.
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