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Old 07-12-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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I'm guessing in the 'overall' caregory the answers will be pretty bleak, but hows about Downtown?

If someone lived directly in the center city, would they be able to bop on over to the supermarket, bop to the laundromat, bop bop to catch a movie, bop bop bop to the gym, the bank? All on their own two bi-pedals?


Thank ya kindly folks. -tips his filthy dirty stetson obligingly-

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Old 07-12-2016, 06:56 PM
 
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In downtown area there are a couple of banks and maybe a gym, restaurants you can walk to...Movies, supermarkets, you would want to drive to....Laundromats, no idea.

Billings is spread out and still in a growth stage. The West end is seeing more commercial development. Downtown with exception of a few blocks is not that vital.

I think it would be a difficult town to be in without a car. Bicycle riding might be chancy the way some drivers "navigate" traffic. There is some sort of public transportation bus line, but I'm not sure how much of Billings it covers
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:47 PM
 
Location: East Helena, MT
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I would talk to a real estate agent that knows downtown. There could be condos hidden away that we don't know about that could be perfectly situated for what you want. Now, in the winter, I wouldn't recommend walking everywhere. It can be downright dangerous. I have seen many cars in just the last two years that have hit ice and careened onto the sidewalk. Thank God that no one was walking at the time, but this can happen especially where there is a slight hill or downslope.

If you want to walk for environmental reasons, I can understand. If it is for budgetary reasons, I have been there too. But I would highly recommend having a car for the winter.
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:28 AM
 
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Eric, your vibes are good man..haha.

Great post brother. Yea, Billings is out after reading what you wrote. Really just a pipe dream, living in MT sans vehicle. For both environmental and budget reasons mind you, but I think I'll stick to Spokane or Boise for my new move, now that you've nudged in the necessary perspective.



Billings year-round on foot? Maybe in 30 years or so. Concur.
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: East Helena, MT
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Eric, your vibes are good man..haha.

Great post brother. Yea, Billings is out after reading what you wrote. Really just a pipe dream, living in MT sans vehicle. For both environmental and budget reasons mind you, but I think I'll stick to Spokane or Boise for my new move, now that you've nudged in the necessary perspective.



Billings year-round on foot? Maybe in 30 years or so. Concur.

You "could" do it now, but man it will be very dangerous in the winter. I have a co-worker who bikes to work most of the year. But he does have a car he uses in the winter months.
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