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Old 10-25-2017, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Downtown Lynchburg, The Hill City
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If you are looking for a smaller place and you can afford it, check out Telluride, Colorado. I have never seen so many free-range independent kids out and about and such a bike/pedestrian accessible town (and this coming from a guy who grew up in downtown Savannah, GA free-range and always on a bike). The schools, medical center, pharmacy, great local restaurants, playgrounds, fantastic mountain trailheads, skiing, and high quality grocery markets are never more than an 10-minute walk and the town is uber safe. In 15 years there has been a mere 7 robberies and 0 homicides. 63.8% of people in Telluride bike, walk, or take transit to work as of the latest Census estimate which is pretty much unparalleled in any other community that size or anywhere really except NYC. The bus there is free to use. The only catch to all these amazing things is that it costs upwards of $800,000 for a two-bedroom house there and rents are around $4,000 a month... Photos from my visit there:










Another place is Boulder. I was just there and it is VERY accessible without a car. Lots of protected bike lanes. About 29.4% of people walk, bike, or take transit to work. I snapped these photos at a local middle school to showcase just how many kids are bicycling to school there. Not many places like that:






Other places I have heard about, but not been to yet...

Davis, California (31.6% walk, bike, transit to work)
Eugene, Oregon (19.2% walk, bike, transit to work)
Missoula, Montana (16.1% walk, bike, transit to work)

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Old 10-25-2017, 08:38 AM
 
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My mom never learned to drive. She schlepped three kids on buses, Els and subways to the doctors, shopping and everywhere else she needed to take my two sisters and me in Chicago.
I guess it depends on age. I have two kids (and a car), and live in a super walkable area with great transit. The eldest is in elementary school, and can do the walking and deal with weather. The youngest is in pre-school, and is not very cooperative in inclement weather.
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Old 10-29-2017, 03:30 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Honestly, NYC is the only city where I can image living car-free with a kid. Even Car free cities like Boston, Chicago and DC have a really long “last mile” commutes, or require waiting in the elements for busses. Easy enough for a healthy adult, but it’s got to be a pain with little ones.
Berkeley, CA, if you don't want to live in a dense urban jungle.

I lived there fine as a college student without a car up until my last semester. But raising a kid in the same town without a car may be a different story. Still, it's probably doable nowadays with the proliferation of Uber, grocery delivery, and food delivery like Grubhub.
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Old 10-29-2017, 04:33 PM
 
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College towns may/would work due to usually having pretty good public transportation and they are generally walkable.

A sleeper smaller city option may be the Pine Hills/New Scotland area of Albany NY due to proximity to hospitals, grocery stores, libraries and the best neighborhood public elementary school in the city(New Scotland Elementary, solid by state standards and demographics: https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360246000023 ). It is near The College of Saint Rose and the Albany Medical College as well. New Scotland and Madison Avenues have business districts in that area.

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Old 10-30-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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College towns may/would work due to usually having pretty good public transportation and they are generally walkable.

A sleeper smaller city option may be the Pine Hills/New Scotland area of Albany NY due to proximity to hospitals, grocery stores, libraries and the best neighborhood public elementary school in the city(New Scotland Elementary, solid by state standards and demographics: https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360246000023 ). It is near The College of Saint Rose and the Albany Medical College as well. New Scotland and Madison Avenues have business districts in that area.
In terms of the bolded sentence, Madison Avenue: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6662...7i13312!8i6656


New Scotland Ave: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6530...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6567...7i13312!8i6656


School: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.6538...7i13312!8i6656
https://newscotland.albany.k12.ny.us/
After-school programs


Pine Hills area: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pi...!4d-73.7860276
https://www.albany.com/neighborhoods/pine-hills/
https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...,-73.762124,15


and the adjacent New Scotland area: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ne...!4d-73.7992634
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neighb...and.2FWoodlawn
https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...,-73.771594,15

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Old 11-01-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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With a kid? Nowhere. Unless you live a block or two from a Pediatrician and a hospital, it doesn't work.
Ever hear of taxis?
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:52 PM
 
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Area the students for this school come from: https://www.greatschools.org/school-...d=100&state=NY
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Old 11-02-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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perhaps another smaller area that may work is the western portion of East Lansing around East grand River Avenue and East Michigan Avenue. That puts you in between Downtown East Lansing and the Frandor Shopping Center, with Sparrow Hospital down East Michigan in Lansing. There is a good elementary school in that area and East Lansing schools are good and diverse as well. Home - Sparrow Health System

Browse Store Directory | Frandor Shopping Center | Lansing, MI
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.7370...7i13312!8i6656

http://www.downtownel.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.7346...7i13312!8i6656

Glencairn Elementary School
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=261260004972
https://www.greatschools.org/michiga...ncairn-School/
https://www.greatschools.org/school-...=1340&state=MI

East Lansing Public Schools
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/in...=1&CS=F80E54FE
https://www.greatschools.org/michiga...hool-district/

https://www.cata.org/
https://www.cata.org/Routes-Schedule...1/11-02-2017/0
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Old 11-03-2017, 03:47 PM
 
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Another small city neighborhood I thought about is Binghamton NY's West Side(south of Main Street). This neighborhood public elementary school is solid/good in a general sense by state standards and is usually the best in the district: Thomas Jefferson Elementary
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1051...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360487000233

Coverage area is west of this park and around/south of Main Street: OurSpace Park - At Rec Park
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti..._New_York.html

West Middle is OK/average by state standards: West Middle School Home
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0989...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360487000234

There is a Catholic Jr/Sr HS within the neighborhood as well: https://setoncchs.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0979...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...te&ID=00931572

The public HS does offer the International Baccalaureate and a good Arts based program: Binghamton High School Home
International Baccalaureate
Arts
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0991...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360487004380

While it isn't an East Lansing, but it is possible to maneuver through the public school system or if you are open to private options nearby. More information here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9...xtVsVTjMKFibRg

Main Street has a lot of businesses(grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) within walking distance: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1097...6!9m2!1b1!2i39

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1065...6!9m2!1b1!2i39

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0987...7i13312!8i6656


That neighborhood also has a hospital, with another one down Main Street in Johnson City: https://www.lourdes.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0926...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.uhs.net/locations/uhs-wi...edical-center/
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1144...7i13312!8i6656

It also has a bus system: BC Transit Routes | broomecountyny
Public Transportation | broomecountyny

Binghamton University, which is a very good state university, isn't too far away from that area of the city as well: https://www.binghamton.edu/

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Old 11-04-2017, 07:31 PM
 
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Another small city neighborhood I thought about is Binghamton NY's West Side(south of Main Street). This neighborhood public elementary school is solid/good in a general sense by state standards and is usually the best in the district: Thomas Jefferson Elementary
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1051...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360487000233

Coverage area is west of this park and around/south of Main Street: OurSpace Park - At Rec Park
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti..._New_York.html

West Middle is OK/average by state standards: West Middle School Home
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0989...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360487000234

There is a Catholic Jr/Sr HS within the neighborhood as well: https://setoncchs.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0979...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...te&ID=00931572

The public HS does offer the International Baccalaureate and a good Arts based program: Binghamton High School Home
International Baccalaureate
Arts
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0991...7i13312!8i6656
https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sc...D=360487004380

While it isn't an East Lansing, but it is possible to maneuver through the public school system or if you are open to private options nearby. More information here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9...xtVsVTjMKFibRg

Main Street has a lot of businesses(grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) within walking distance: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1097...6!9m2!1b1!2i39

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1065...6!9m2!1b1!2i39

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0987...7i13312!8i6656


That neighborhood also has a hospital, with another one down Main Street in Johnson City: https://www.lourdes.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0926...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.uhs.net/locations/uhs-wi...edical-center/
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1144...7i13312!8i6656

It also has a bus system: BC Transit Routes | broomecountyny
Public Transportation | broomecountyny

Binghamton University, which is a very good state university, isn't too far away from that area of the city as well: https://www.binghamton.edu/
Area housing: https://www.trulia.com/for_sale/42.0...8997_xy/16_zm/
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