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Old 08-09-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: NY-NJ-Philly looks down at SF and laughs at the hippies
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I believe there is only five cities where it's easy to live without a car and will break them down into three tiers for efficiency. Personally, I wouldn't even try to live anywhere else without a car.

Tier 1

1. New York City/Hoboken/Jersey City

Tier 2

2. Chicago

Tier 3

3/4/5. Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: philadelphia
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Hah, I feel like NYC is one of the only places in the country where it is genuinely more of a hassle to own a car. Other cities like Chicago, Boston, Philly, San Fran, so on and so forth are also options where you can comfortably live without a car - but as someone that currently owns a car and lives in Philly - I still appreciate it and definitely use it from time to time, though I really don't need to and I do intend to ditch it when I have less furniture to move in the immediate future.
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Hah, I feel like NYC is one of the only places in the country where it is genuinely more of a hassle to own a car. Other cities like Chicago, Boston, Philly, San Fran, so on and so forth are also options where you can comfortably live without a car - but as someone that currently owns a car and lives in Philly - I still appreciate it and definitely use it from time to time, though I really don't need to and I do intend to ditch it when I have less furniture to move in the immediate future.
Cars are essential in Houston. When we moved to Philly in January, we took a leap of faith got rid of one, holding onto the other only for weekend get-aways and occasional runs to the big box stores. So far, it's worked out better than we expected. We walk nearly everywhere, and do not miss driving. The only other cites I could imagine going carless in are Boston, NY, DC, Chicago and SF.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:45 PM
 
Location: philadelphia
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Cars are essential in Houston. When we moved to Philly in January, we took a leap of faith got rid of one, holding onto the other only for weekend get-aways and occasional runs to the big box stores. So far, it's worked out better than we expected. We walk nearly everywhere, and do not miss driving. The only other cites I could imagine going carless in are Boston, NY, DC, Chicago and SF.

Glad to hear it worked for you guys! I am pretty anxious to get rid of mine, even if it's just for monetary gain, really. The parts of town I frequent, even my semi-sketchy(but hipster infested, so mostly harmless) 'hood, are places I feel pretty comfortable walking or biking around, even at night. However, I do occasionally have to frequent some less desireable parts(I go to Temple ) sometimes well past sundown, so that's really the only time it serves me. I'm in the middle of moving to a different place, so after that, I want to ditch it.
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