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Old 06-26-2014, 09:46 AM
 
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Hello Omaha!!

What does one call a resident of Omaha? ANyhow--tht is not my "real" question. Omaha is one of my canidates for relocation. One of my main questions is Is living without a car a possibility in Omaha? Having lived in big cities most of my life I am very comfortable with public transport and walking and hope to take up biking. Ideally--I would like to live in a neighborhood where I could walk to a lot of the basics (for me thats supermarket, gym coffee shop, drugstorebus stop) I am a young feeling/acting middle aged female and would prefer a somewhat quiet neighborhood . Any feedback is so appreciated
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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There's an area near 65th and center that has a lot of what you want close by. This is the old Aksarben race track location. There is a movie theater, grocery store, apartments, and several other businesses with in walking distance. The only mass transit is the bus lines or you could use the cab service, there are several in Omaha. The other location could be the old market area in downtown Omaha if you like urban environments.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Also check out Midtown Crossing - the development includes a grocery store, as well as many other shops. But you should be aware that while living without a car in Omaha is doable, it's tough. The town is pretty car-centric.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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I know people who do it and they're perfectly happy with it. You just have to make sure you live within the urban core.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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Unless you have enough money to afford a nice new condo or remodle in the "urban" areas, your going to have to live in an older cheaper house next to the nice foot traffic areas. Honestly you probably do need a car as our city is so spread out and not very foot traffic friednly for the most part. We have huge gentrification issues so we end up with alot of new expensives condos or builsings and one block away is old cheap housing. (see: midtown, downtown, new CWS stadium)
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Middleburg
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The weather is the main deterrent to being car-free. If you have a set schedule, you'll likely end up outside in some awful weather, wishing you had the protection of a car. Before cars were invented, Omaha wasn't much of a city at all. I'd say get a cheap older car as a plan B to riding the bus or walking. You'll find you use it more than you intended.
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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Thanks All for your feedback!!
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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I wouldn't live in Omaha without a car.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:30 AM
 
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You have to ask yourself, what kind of person are you? Do you like buying stuff in bulk thus requiring a car Bc frankly unlike in NYC the shops around the corner here will not suffice...I know one person told me on here he could do everything with a bike...but I'm not gonna bike back and forth from the supermarket with my goods...so in the one yr I've been here, and coming from NYC the public transpiration sucks and requires planning with google maps...forget using a transfer on a whim...you will probably wait 30-45 mins without planning properly...and when you do the bus either comes too late or early and ur screwed! You should have a smartphone and live closest to good bus lines like the 2,11,15,3 etc...I ,ive in Midtown walking distance to a few supermarkets thank god...but that doesn't help you when you're hungry at 10 pm at night and no busses are available readily and you aren't going to walk at night...haha soooooo....

Weather...if I didn't get rides everyday during our literally negative 11 degree winter I would have been horribly miserable...and I didn't get rides everyday...I just got a permit and will need a license if I plan to stay here...
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:45 PM
 
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I would also be coming from an Urban area with extensive public transit..but I have also lived in less transit friendly places. I am comfortable busing walking and biking (hopefully biking) but it would be an adjustment..but that would be one minus to the many plusses It sounds like it it is "dobale" but not ideal
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