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Old 03-05-2008, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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the transportation system should grow but not everyone is young and not everyone wants to confine their activities to the city where the bus goes. Don't you ever go to the beach? In St. Pete this is possible by bus but as far as I know not from Tampa. Then there are the disabled folk who find it very difficult to use public transportation. I'd hate the burbs too, although I am married but since I fit the other two categories I mentioned, I need a car. I hate it too. Would really rather do without but I just really cna't in this country.
You can get from Tampa to St Pete Beach via bus I believe, but I'd imagine it'd take you over 3 hours each way. It's an hour drive alone from Brandon. I'd imagine between transfers and the slow speed the bus drives, and traffic - that would be awful. And could you imagine the 3 huour bus ride home? All hot, tired, covered in sand and salt water? Ugh. I can't stand the ride home in my comfy A/C'ed car by myself and family..
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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[quote=SSpiro;3039108]Trust me, I'd rather live in an inclusive area too.. I just can't afford it here. When we move out of Tampa, we'll be looking to live in an area like Boston, or Chicago.


Believe me, if you think Tampa is expensive, you will faint when you see the prices of Boston or Chicago. Tampa is very reasonably priced compared to those other cities and the rest of the country for that matter. I really don't understand why people are complaining. According to Sterling's Best Places, Tampa's cost of living is lower than the average American city, 100 being the average, Tampa comes in at 94.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I'm not complaining about it as a whole. Just the areas I want to live in are expensive. I can't afford a 600K house. Sorry! That's why I live in South Shore area. I don't think Tampa, generally, is expensive. But right now we're talking about inclusive areas like downtown, ybor, hype park, westchase, etc.

When we move to a larger city, we'll be renting. I'm done owning for a while. The housing market has screwed me. I realize renting isn't any better, but at least I won't be tied to an area.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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The express busses bring you to Pinellas; trip from S. Tampa is about 1/2 hour then you have to catch a connection to the beach.

You're right. I think about getting my car back all the time here, but until I get desperate, I won't do it. I feel so much healthier, less stressed, and better about the environment

AND -- you can get a decent house close to everything in S. Tampa for around 300k. Rents aren't so bad either. I live right off Bayshore and pay less then $1,000 for a new, modern two bedroom with a pool and it even has its own putting green
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Than let me know when you move so I can get that from you.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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Than let me know when you move so I can get that from you.


We have two apartments open right now.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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We have two apartments open right now.
I can't do apartments, two large dogs and a large salt water tank.

You never mentioned apartments.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:05 AM
 
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Default the problem is the connection

and the scheduled time for the 300X is 50 minutes. Connecting to a beach route is horrendous and who wants to schlepp their stuff on 2-3 buses?
Anyone who wants to try to figure it out can go to
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

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The express busses bring you to Pinellas; trip from S. Tampa is about 1/2 hour then you have to catch a connection to the beach.

You're right. I think about getting my car back all the time here, but until I get desperate, I won't do it. I feel so much healthier, less stressed, and better about the environment

AND -- you can get a decent house close to everything in S. Tampa for around 300k. Rents aren't so bad either. I live right off Bayshore and pay less then $1,000 for a new, modern two bedroom with a pool and it even has its own putting green
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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That's the other variable.. what about chairs? Kids? Toys? Blankets? Coolers? Can't bring beer on a bus..
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:51 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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That's the other variable.. what about chairs? Kids? Toys? Blankets? Coolers? Can't bring beer on a bus..
You could rent a car for the day or weekend like my friends in NY, Boston and Philly do when they want to go to the beach(Enterprise....we'll pick you up)

What is comes down to is that if you soley want to rely on Mass Transit in Tampa, and not own a car, then you need to live in the South Tampa area where there are over 6 bus lines, some running into the late nights and start up in the very early mornings...neighborhoods, like mine, have walkable areas throughout South Tampa to retail, restaurants, conveniece, grocery, etc., there are many small pockets of neighborhoods throughout South Tampa with these types of walkable amenities......and prices are all over from 300k plus close to downtown, to under 300k in areas south of El Prado Blvd and north of Gandy Blvd, and even less than that South of Gandy Blvd(Brand New 4/2 homes start at 250k near Interbay and Manhatten)....

and like those in the BIG cities, rent a car if you want to get out of the City.
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