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Old 03-04-2009, 09:52 PM
 
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My visits to L.A. have led me to the conclusion that driving almost anywhere is stressful - and occasionally, maddening.

It seems that it would be prudent for any newcomer to set up his (or her) life so that he rarely has to leave his neighborhood, and can walk to a variety of places for everyday needs.

Agree? Disagree?
I lived for three years in two drastically different areas (Hollywood and South Pasadena) and did not drive. It is ideal if one can manage to find a contained life. I commuted via bus from Hollywood to Pasadena and loved it most of the time; it gave me time to read.

On the other hand, it can be a lot of fun driving around LA. There are so many interesting areas to explore, and realistically sometimes it just takes too long to get places on the bus. I think the ideal situation would be to not HAVE to drive - to have an easy walk/bike/train/rapid bus work commute, and plenty of staples within walking distance - but to still have ready access to a car for those days you want to go somewhere far away for a late night (and not have to worry about night bus service or an expensive taxi ride home or getting a ride) or just for driving around to see what's out there.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula
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LA is a town that is enjoyed most with the luxury and convenience of a nice set of wheels.
It is, but you don't want to waste your wheel time spending it 2 hours each way on your commute.

I love my car but I sure don't want to spend 4 hours a day driving it, unless I'm on the Interstate on my vacation.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Having a double cup of coffee usually induces one of the esses here in Jackland.
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:25 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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It is, but you don't want to waste your wheel time spending it 2 hours each way on your commute.
Well, that's clearly ill advised and not what I was talking about.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:38 AM
 
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I always used alternative transportation for my work commutes. I could read, sleep and just relax before and after work. I loved it. Plus I wasn't as stressed out as my colleagues who drove to work. On my 0ff-hours, I love driving through L.A. We really do have some of the best freeway systems around. Yes, they're congested and surface streets are often quicker but I've always gotten where I needed to go. But if you can utilize alternative transportation for those work commutes, please do so. You won't regret it.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:44 PM
 
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I guess each to his own, but I rather drive than be stuck in public transportation.
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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I totally agree. The closer you can live to where you work, the happier, you'll be (unless you employment is located somewhere terrible...).
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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Motorcycle, a good beater bicycle, a nice set of legs and access to the Red or Gold Line is all ya need to enjoy LA.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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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
I'll buy this if you work from home.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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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
I rise at 5:30 to shower, dress, primp and high tail it to catch the 6:16am bus for work. I'm allergic to mornings so I got the routine down pat to avoid having to wake up any earlier.
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