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Old 03-14-2018, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey/NYC Metro
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What cities do you think are the most urban and/or easily navigable without a mass transit rail system(MRT) or light rail system?

Think about:
-Walkability
-Traffic
-Parking
-Street Density(Amount of people walking on the streets)
-Bus Transit
-Airport
-Bike-Friendliness
-Uber/Lyft/Taxi(if you want to include this)


I've visited Charleston, SC for a couple of days, & it's more urban than I thought it would be. Even though the population density is around 1,200/Sq.mi, it felt surprisingly compact, dense & walkable. Plus it had a decent bus service.
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:14 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Honolulu (doesn't have rail yet) and New Orleans (if you don't count the streetcar system as Light Rail)

Honolulu has a great bus system imo and is very dense. New Olreans is very walk able.
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:44 PM
 
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What cities do you think are the most urban and/or easily navigable without a mass transit rail system(MRT) or light rail system?

Think about:
-Walkability
-Traffic
-Parking
-Street Density(Amount of people walking on the streets)
-Bus Transit
-Airport
-Bike-Friendliness
-Uber/Lyft/Taxi(if you want to include this)


I've visited Charleston, SC for a couple of days, & it's more urban than I thought it would be. Even though the population density is around 1,200/Sq.mi, it felt surprisingly compact, dense & walkable. Plus it had a decent bus service.
This likely due to the annexation of unincorporated areas into the city limits. It is 109 square miles with about 135,000 people.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:15 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Santa Ana, CA
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I have no idea where it ranks with other cities, but I just want to mention Milwaukee.

Smaller city with easy North/South oriented travel. Traffic/parking issues are non existent. Well laid out neighborhoods that are fairly self contained with dense housing, street parking, and amenities. 794 makes it easy to jump from downtown to the south neighborhoods (Bayview mainly) within 5 mins. I grew up there, but I never realized how good I had it until I left and lived in other places.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:32 PM
 
Location: The City
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What cities do you think are the most urban and/or easily navigable without a mass transit rail system(MRT) or light rail system?

Think about:
-Walkability
-Traffic
-Parking
-Street Density(Amount of people walking on the streets)
-Bus Transit
-Airport
-Bike-Friendliness
-Uber/Lyft/Taxi(if you want to include this)


I've visited Charleston, SC for a couple of days, & it's more urban than I thought it would be. Even though the population density is around 1,200/Sq.mi, it felt surprisingly compact, dense & walkable. Plus it had a decent bus service.


I think you would have to set some parameter on size


Charleston is very compact and walkable in the DT core but its not very large. But a great walking city and oh so very quaint. Love walking around Charleston, the architecture is fantastic as well


of larger places its tough to say as some have minimal rail like a Pittsburgh or Cinci
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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Savannah, GA.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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I think you would have to set some parameter on size


Charleston is very compact and walkable in the DT core but its not very large. But a great walking city and oh so very quaint. Love walking around Charleston, the architecture is fantastic as well


of larger places its tough to say as some have minimal rail like a Pittsburgh or Cinci

Pittsburgh has the T -- light rail that goes from the north side, through downtown as a subway, and about 24 miles through the southern neighborhoods and suburbs of the city over two lines. It definitely has a light rail system -- its been there a long time, and its pretty well used. Pittsburgh also has 3 busways with dedicated highways and ROWs, act basically the same as light rail, in other directions through the city and suburbs. So Pittsburgh definitely is not applicable to this thread.

Cincy has a new small streetcar downtown only, with low ridership, mostly weekend as opposed to commuters. it would not be considered a MRT or light rail. Completely different systems. So Cincy would be applicable for this thread, based on the OPs criteria.. I think there are a few other cities with new streetcars also, can't remember offhand (Kansas City?) but they would apply also. also New Orleans as someone above said, but their streetcar system is fairly extensive and well established ridership I think, so maybe the OP can chime in if they think it should apply here.

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Old 03-15-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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Providence RI certainly merits a mention. Overall the city carries a very high Walk Score of 79, with many sections scoring in the high 80s and low to mid 90s.
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:20 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Seattle and Honolulu Move up the Ranks of the Best Cities for Public Transit in 2018


Honolulu only city to make top 10 w/o a rail system.
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