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Old 03-06-2017, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I have trouble with night driving, too. Three things I have found that help: 1. My eye doc said I have dry eye. This can come on as we age and impact night driving. I use OTC drops in individual plastic vials. 2. Keep the interior of the windshield clean. A haze can build up that causes problems with headlights coming at you. 3. Replace headlights. If your headlights are old, they can be putting out diminished light. I bought new bulbs at Auto Zone and they installed them in the parking lot for free. I still try to avoid driving in the rain at night on unfamiliar streets, but I am having less trouble since I took these 3 measures.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I get confused about what people mean when they talk about a walkable environment... QUOTE

For that matter, what is and isn't drivable also varies. I am already having difficulty on unfamiliar unlit roads at night or familiar roads in rain. That wouldn't affect day driving. Where I'll be living, I'm a few blocks from the post office and a supermarket. However, I might well drive to the supermarket rather than drag heavy bags a few blocks (and unpaved streets). Maybe major highway driving will go out the window, but 2-lane local roads might not be a problem. It all depends on what stops me from driving or cuts it back.

I can see minor driving around my new town and area for quite some time, and there are no interstates for many miles.
If you stop to think about it, driving on interstates (freeways) is easier than driving on surface streets because there are no crossing or turning maneuvers. That is, everyone is going the same direction, so there are only merging maneuvers, which you have anyway on multi-lane surface streets. Also, navigation is easier on interstates (freeways) because there are large, well-lit signs for everything.

I don't understand the interstate (freeway) phobia.
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Old 03-06-2017, 05:45 AM
 
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My problem has been researching places like that without actually going there. I don't find the map apps I've tried super helpful. Redfin is the only real estate app I've found that even rates walkability.
That's what www.walkscore.com is for.

It's not perfect. It rates my neighborhood as car dependent even though I walk to supermarket, banks, post office, doctors, dentists, drugstore, library, restaurants, parks, and public transit all within half a mile. Multiple churches, elementary and middle school too. The high school is within 1 mile.

Use Google Maps Street View to get a good idea of the visual appeal of the neighborhood from eye-level.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:24 AM
 
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I don't understand the interstate (freeway) phobia.
I have trouble at night with high-speed merges, exits on both sides of the highway and not just the right, and the general high-speed tailgating weaving that the suburban idiots in Mass. perform. Come to think of it, that's a problem during the day when I was younger.

It's not a phobia but the speed of the other drivers. Maybe it's a Mass. thing.
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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How about Asheville or Hendersonville, NC?
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Old 03-06-2017, 03:09 PM
 
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Hi, as soon as my DS graduates from high school, I will be looking to move out of Illinois due to weather (first and foremost!) Traffic and ridiculous cost of living. I am hoping to continue to work from home for the same company so commute time isn't hugely relevant. I like Atlanta and it's northern suburbs but my price range, under $200k, keeps me out of walkable areas. I live in a suburb of Chicago right now and have to get in my car for Everything! So done with that! I want to be within walking distance of groceries, restaurants, a bookstore, coffee shops. College towns seem to be best but difficult to identify houses in walkable areas that aren't overrun with students or in unsafe areas and still in my price range. I have a long "short list" right now (ATL, Roswell, Athens, Greenville SC, Oxford MS, chattanooga-really love the looks of Chatt but worried about the crime). Would love everyone's thoughts on the above as well as any other suggestions. I'm open to renting but would prefer to buy a townhouse or small house, 1000-1300sf. Most important thing is a vibrant safe downtown (can be quite small) that I can walk to. Decent medical care and continuing education also important. Thanks in advance for your input!
Raleigh and Durham in NC, El Passo TX and Tucson AZ can be good options for weather, walk-ability and cost of living.

Durham NC does not have good schools but I don't think that is your criteria anymore. Otherwise it is happening town with many safe walkable neighborhoods. And prices are still within reach.
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:32 AM
 
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I always wonder about Oxford MS myself and am disappointed by the lack of responses here Know absolutely nothing about it other than the author of To Kill a Mockingbird is from and lived there. Seems like the quintessental southern town.
I think it is a county seat
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:24 PM
 
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I always wonder about Oxford MS myself and am disappointed by the lack of responses here Know absolutely nothing about it other than the author of To Kill a Mockingbird is from and lived there. Seems like the quintessental southern town.
I think it is a county seat
Did you try posting in the Mississippi forum? There might be more responses and knowing ones, too.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I always wonder about Oxford MS myself and am disappointed by the lack of responses here Know absolutely nothing about it other than the author of To Kill a Mockingbird is from and lived there. Seems like the quintessental southern town.
I think it is a county seat
Oxford is a great little city in the heart Of Lafayette County. I reside in Memphis about an hour north of Oxford and enjoy spending time there when I can. Historic Oxford Square is home to Square Books which is arguably one of the finest independent bookstores in the country. Lafayette County is on my short list of places that I'm considering retiring to when the times comes. However, bear in mind that the population idyllic Oxford grows substantially when classes are in session at the University of Mississippi. Unless you're into that whole scene it's definitely a good place to steer clear of on weekends during Ole Miss football home games. That said, it's only eight weekends a year and tailgating at The Grove is a unique experience.


"To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee was from Monroeville, Alabama. Mississippi native and author William Faulkner was from Oxford, Mississippi and lived there for many years as did Yazoo City, Mississippi native Willie Morris who was the "writer in residence" at Ole Miss until his death in 1999.


Historic Oxford Square - Oxford Mississippi

SQUARE BOOKS | On the Square in Oxford, Mississippi since 1979

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Old 03-07-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Have you looked at Acworth, GA?
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