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Old 02-22-2009, 11:31 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i live in santa monica and agree with matt that many people walk and cycle in the area. you can go to main st any time between 10am and 2am and there will be bikes at almost every rack on the street. although many people do drive to the area, there are many people who live between lincoln and the ocean who walk to main st. it's certainly no new york, but it is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in LA.

back to the OP's original observation, it is refreshing being able to avoid driving and actually walk somewhere. i consider myself lucky that I live in a neighborhood where this is possible and where in many instances, it is easier to walk/cycle to destinations than get in a car, risk sitting in traffic, and look forever for a parking spot.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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back to the OP's original observation, it is refreshing being able to avoid driving and actually walk somewhere. i consider myself lucky that I live in a neighborhood where this is possible and where in many instances, it is easier to walk/cycle to destinations than get in a car, risk sitting in traffic, and look forever for a parking spot.
I did notice the other day (several times) that the people walking along the sidewalks were making faster progress than I was making in my car on Sunset, Santa Monica, and Melrose.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:21 AM
 
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If people think LA is a walking/biking haven, that's great. Lord knows we need more of em. As you keep an eye open for automobile traffic, just make sure you don't get run over by a GEM driver who thinks they're made to drive down bike lanes.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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i agree. i made it a number 1 priority to live within walking distance to work. it feels great to wake up at 7:40, get ready, walk and be at work at 8am
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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i agree. i made it a number 1 priority to live within walking distance to work. it feels great to wake up at 7:40, get ready, walk and be at work at 8am
Methinks you exaggerate just a tad. That's barely enough time to do the 3 S's, let alone walk.
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula
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Methinks you exaggerate just a tad. That's barely enough time to do the 3 S's, let alone walk.
You got that right, and most people don't know what the 3 S's are. Damn! It takes me almost an hour to drink a double cup of coffee, before I'll even consider the 3 S's.

The most reasonable thing to do is to live close enough to work, or work close enough to home, that your commute is not unreasonable. I believe that 20 minutes is good and 30 minutes is maximum. YMMV
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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The Westside, especially near the 405, is a traffic slog regardless of the time or method of transportation. But it is possible to live along Rapid bus/Metro lines in other nice areas that take a lot of the stress out of the commute. It's the people who live in Chino and commute to Glendale who have few options. As long as we're in Los Angeles, we will always live close to our jobs.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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You got that right, and most people don't know what the 3 S's are.
Shave, Smartass post on City Data, and Shower.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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I completely disagree with the OP. LA is a town that is enjoyed most with the luxury and convenience of a nice set of wheels. LA is so big and sprawling with so many diverse and interesting nooks and crannies to see. You would never discover its many secret hideaways and enchanting vistas without a car. Of course weekday traffic is bad but traffic is considerably lighter on weekends especially on surface streets. Driving up PCH to Malibu on a spectacularly beautiful day like last Sunday with the wind softly blowing and the music playing is priceless.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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I have to say that on days like today when getting the 11 miles from West LA to the Crenshaw District on two purportedly "express" buses took 1hr 45min, not having a car seems like insanity.
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