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Old 02-23-2013, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong
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The idea of designing new areas to be 'walkable' and car-free is relatively new in my area, near Raleigh NC. A development company with this idea in mind is planning a community to be known as Veridea on 1000 acres in Apex NC...
I just hope that the construction won't be geared toward quick profits, but toward a forever legacy.
Great to hear this !
I am a huge supporter of New Urbanist developments like that.

Here's another: Riverwalk in Rock Hill, SC

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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Carfree, Bike-assisted... Living it/ Tips:

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1. Familiarize Yourself With Public Transportation
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2. Purchase a Bike
Riding a bicycle is a great way to get around...

3. Get a Weather App
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Read more: 5 Tips for Living Without a Car - Savings & Benefits
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:56 AM
 
Location: NC
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As an older person, I appreciate the value of bicycling to being car-free. However, I am quite apprehensive of sharing sidewalks or paths in parks with people on bikes who are in a hurry to get somewhere. Also as an older person, my own cycling days are over. I'm thinking that mixed use communities will need to find a way to make cyclists more aware and pedestrians safer-feeling than is exhibited now. How can that be done--any ideas?
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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I'm thinking that mixed use communities will need to find a way to make cyclists more aware and pedestrians safer-feeling than is exhibited now. How can that be done--any ideas?
Cycle paths, education (& some fines) for wayward cyclists ?

But this isn't really the thread for that discussion
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong
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The right Gasoline Tax policy would encourage Carfree living...

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I do not think it is ever wise to use taxes as a way to change behavior.

It penalizes certain parts of society any time this is done.

For example, truck drivers . . . students/workers who must commute long distances to school (we are still in the SOUTH - you can't put rails all over rural counties, lol) . . .

And there are some of us who need SUVs or VANs, not only for the workplace, but for personal situations (handicapped folks, people w/ wheelchairs, people with a lot of children, etc).

There are more answers to social issues than slapping on taxes and creating regs. It's sad to see that so many people in government have so little imagination as to turn their brains off when it comes to solutions and put bandaids on situations by taxing more.

We need an energy solution, not more taxes.
There are other solutions to all the problems that you mention.
Higher gasoline taxes would speed up the move to the other solutions:

+ Living closer to school or work
+ More public transport
+ Building denser cities instead of suburbs

THESE are long term solutions to reducing the dependency on foreign oil.

As it stands, the US is now using TAX policy to subsidise car-dependency:

+ Highways are only 10-20% paid for out of gasoline
+ Much parking is free to drivers, but not free to the providers to the parking

At a very minimum, let's END these ridiculous subsidies, and then we can consider whether still higher taxes may be intelligent policy
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong
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How am I getting on with the search?

If some want to know, I saw more about that here (Post #44):
Living without a Car : Is it possible in Kansas City?

I won't post the same thing here, because there are rules against cross posting.

If the Mods do not mind, here's a small EXCERPT:
(Top Locations still being considered)
+ Denver CO
+ Charleston NC (and one place to the North of CLT)
+ Asheville NC (and a nearby town)

("Added" locations, or lower likelihood)
/ Four locations listed /
There are some others too, which I am still pondering.

I am sure that many folk who read this will find the list strange...
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Is it possible to live without a car?

Sure! Poor people do it everyday.

I went to Honduras a few years ago and people were walking everywhere. It's not a walkable city, it's a walkable country!
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:23 AM
 
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Is it possible to live without a car?
Sure! Poor people do it everyday.
I went to Honduras a few years ago and people were walking everywhere. It's not a walkable city, it's a walkable country!
And your point is?
That you have to be poor to live Carfree? Is that it?
If so,
I feel very sorry for you.
You, and your ilk, are responsible for American wealth going down the toilet.

Have you any idea where the USA is now in Wealth per capita?

Look it up, and see where it was 10 years ago, or 20 years ago.
Do you see a trend? Why do you suppose it is happening?

Before YOU, your family, and your friends wind up in permanent poverty, perhaps you should do a little research.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Ilk? I have ilk? WTF?!

And are you saying cars are to blame for changes in wealth? I'm confused about that.

Look, my point is that you don't need mass transit or some fancy urban planning to have a walkable city. Every city is a walkable city.

Though I guess Venice would be the only exception.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:41 AM
 
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And are you saying cars are to blame for changes in wealth? I'm confused about that.
Of course.
The cash drain (on the middle class) due to America's wasteful suburban living arrangement is a big part of it - largely unrecognised by your mainstream press (which is happy to see the existing Oil company dominance continue unchallenged.)

Here are some rough estimates of the big Cash Drains, where wealth is being drained from the American middle class:

The Four Cash-Drains, dragging down the US economy ... Estimated annual cash drain:

1. Car-dependency and the Suburban economy / Oil imports: $500 billion. p.a.

2. Foreign military entanglements / Foreign wars and overseas bases; $500bn - $1trillion p.a.

3. Disease maintenance and drug pushing / Unneeded legal and illegal drugs: $250 billion p.a.

4. Predatory financial system / Extra fees and unneccesary borrowing : $250 billion p.a.

===================

Maybe $2 Trillion per annum, American wealth, wasted on unnecessary spending

/source: Getting out of Depression - First, you admit you are in one

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