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Old 07-24-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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Pretty much all of the central corridor in St. Louis is at least somewhat walkable (Downtown, Midtown (especially SLU campus), Central West End, Delmar Loop, and parts of Clayton, MO)

Also, the South Grand area and Tower Grove South on the southside are pretty walkable depending on where ya are.
If you are able to have your job and live along the central corridor then not having a car is very doable. If one of those isn't there then it is practically impossible.

It really depends on where you work as to weather or not it is possible. If it isn't in particualar areas it doesn't matter where you live it becomes impossible.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:29 PM
 
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Chicago is very easy to live in without a car
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:16 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I currently live in Los Angeles metro and I survive without a car but unless you live within the denser city of Los Angeles, your transit options are limited. I would love to live in a more walkable area but my concern is with those areas that others have mentioned (Chicago, NYC, Boston, etc) that often snow during the winters. As someone who has never personally experienced snow, how does one get around during the snowy months via public transit? Does the snow cause transit to come to a halt? Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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New York is definitely the premier city for living without a car. There are a lot of New Yorkers who don't even have drivers licenses. But if you do, there are many cities where you can rent a car for the few times a year you need it: Chicago, San Francisco, Washington. Perhaps L.A. And I've heard that in Detroit, the Motor City, a third of residents don't own cars.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:54 PM
 
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I am currently wrestling with this.. After living my whole life in Manhattan, being a non-driver, and now, no longer able to afford to stay here, I cannot figure out where to go that I will not need a car. I do not want a cold climate. I was leaning towards Charlotte but I am concrned about the sprawl there, even though I can find a walkable area , I may be confined to that area without learning to drive., Now I am researching Brooklyn but still not sure if I can make that work financially... any ideas here??....
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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I am currently wrestling with this.. After living my whole life in Manhattan, being a non-driver, and now, no longer able to afford to stay here, I cannot figure out where to go that I will not need a car. I do not want a cold climate. I was leaning towards Charlotte but I am concrned about the sprawl there, even though I can find a walkable area , I may be confined to that area without learning to drive., Now I am researching Brooklyn but still not sure if I can make that work financially... any ideas here??....
Maybe even cheaper than Brooklyn. I grew up in Manhattan and didn't know how to drive. I lived for 5 years in Queens before I learned to drive when I had kids. Even then, I found most of the time I took public transporation most places I wanted to go because it was too much of a pain finding a parking place.
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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I currently live in Los Angeles metro and I survive without a car but unless you live within the denser city of Los Angeles, your transit options are limited. I would love to live in a more walkable area but my concern is with those areas that others have mentioned (Chicago, NYC, Boston, etc) that often snow during the winters. As someone who has never personally experienced snow, how does one get around during the snowy months via public transit? Does the snow cause transit to come to a halt? Thanks.
If you're using rail, It's actually safer because someone else is doing the driving.

In Chicago, the buses might run a tad behind on those rough snowy days but for the most part, you already know to leave earlier on those days just in case there is a delay.

Other than that, you'll be ok.

Cities like Chi, NYC have public transport that are made for the snow. You'll be just fine.
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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Yes, snow is a hassle, but public transportation almost always keeps on running. (I will say, though, that the lack of snow and ice was one benefit of living in LA! Waiting for the bus in really cold temperatures can be pretty unpleasant.) Cities with snowy winters are also usually pretty good about keeping the sidewalks clear, so assuming you live in a walkable area it probably won't be too difficult to make your way to the stop or station. And the snow is mostly only an issue when it's actually falling, and even then really only if it's coming down really hard. In the cold cities I've lived in I would agree that the buses are usually a little slower on snowy days, but it's not usually a big deal (and part of the reason they're running slow is because everyone else is going slower, too.)
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:21 AM
 
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Yes, snow is a hassle, but public transportation almost always keeps on running. (I will say, though, that the lack of snow and ice was one benefit of living in LA! Waiting for the bus in really cold temperatures can be pretty unpleasant.) Cities with snowy winters are also usually pretty good about keeping the sidewalks clear, so assuming you live in a walkable area it probably won't be too difficult to make your way to the stop or station. And the snow is mostly only an issue when it's actually falling, and even then really only if it's coming down really hard. In the cold cities I've lived in I would agree that the buses are usually a little slower on snowy days, but it's not usually a big deal (and part of the reason they're running slow is because everyone else is going slower, too.)
Thanks for the response. As an LA native, I've never personally experienced snow and am so accustomed to LA warm winters. I have lots to be grateful for but sometimes I do think about relocating and whether I could actually rely on mass transit during snowy months was a concern of mine.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:25 AM
 
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Thanks for the response. As an LA native, I've never personally experienced snow and am so accustomed to LA warm winters. I have lots to be grateful for but sometimes I do think about relocating and whether I could actually rely on mass transit during snowy months was a concern of mine.
If you decide to give Chicago a try.........you can always find me around here. Let me know, I'll help you as best I can.


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