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Old 07-06-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, DC, and Portland are cities with pretty good transit.
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:30 PM
 
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NYC, SF, and Chicago. But those should be the only factors in moving somewhere. From there you have to choose what else you want from a city. What type of weather? People? etc. If I were you, my first choice would be SF.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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The rock group Chicago was originally called Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). That tidbit is of no help at all, I know. Just that my ridiculous memory was awakened.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I got around very well without a car in Pittsburgh.

I have numerous friends in the Bay Area without cars.
Boston also has very good public transit.

The ultimate city to go car free is New York.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Noo Yawk
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New York city by FAR.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Boston
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There are quite a few cities in which it is easy and common to go car free. Frequent examples like NYC, Portland, San Francisco, and Boston have that reputation for plenty of reason. But here's the thing. It is possible almost anywhere, if you make the commitment. You can do pretty well combining cycling and bus based transit, for example. The hardest part is making the choice, then once you have, you may start to feel a bit righteous about it.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:42 PM
 
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I have heard Toronto has excellent public transportation...not the U.S...but wanted to throw that in
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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There are quite a few cities in which it is easy and common to go car free. Frequent examples like NYC, Portland, San Francisco, and Boston have that reputation for plenty of reason. But here's the thing. It is possible almost anywhere, if you make the commitment. You can do pretty well combining cycling and bus based transit, for example. The hardest part is making the choice, then once you have, you may start to feel a bit righteous about it.
the thing is...nyc/chicago ... don't know enough about boston/sf ... but in nyc and chicago, many parts it is a down right HASSLE and expense to have a car, you often have to pay about 200 a month for a spot, plus city parking pass, plus higher city insurance, plus neighborhood zone stickers and the inevitable parking tickets you will get for doing nothing. You can just get around on foot and subway better. If you don't need to get to the burbs, it is kind of pointless. You can even get i-go or zip cars for abouty 7-8 bucks an hour if you need to pick up something large.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Denver
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the thing is...nyc/chicago ... don't know enough about boston/sf ... but in nyc and chicago, many parts it is a down right HASSLE and expense to have a car, you often have to pay about 200 a month for a spot, plus city parking pass, plus higher city insurance, plus neighborhood zone stickers and the inevitable parking tickets you will get for doing nothing. You can just get around on foot and subway better. If you don't need to get to the burbs, it is kind of pointless. You can even get i-go or zip cars for abouty 7-8 bucks an hour if you need to pick up something large.
Basically everything you just talked about is how it is in Boston too. Anytime I try to go into the city to visit friends, it's the biggest pain in the ass if I try to drive.

Boston's definitely a city that you can get along just fine without a car. In fact, if I were going to live in any of the central neighborhoods like the North End, South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, or Fenway, I wouldn't even consider having a car. The same goes for much of Brookline, Allston, and Brighton.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Boston
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@grapico and Tmac

Some parts of Boston you definitely don't want a car. Parking spots downtown sell for as much as $300,000. Even in the more outlying areas, you are dealing with a fight for street parking much of the time. I have a car but it is only because I have kids and it is useful for transporting them and their gear. Before kids, I had and then gave up a car because it was wasting money (insurance, excise tax, etc.) for something that I didn't use.
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