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Old 07-07-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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Over in the general U.S. forum I started a thread about finding a place to relocate to where I don't need a car. I don't have a car, don't plan to drive any time soon. I work from home so commuting to a job is not an issue. Someone suggested:

What about a city in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of Virginia? I'm sure there are some areas that are very walkable in that area. Maybe something in Hampton, Norfolk, VA Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth or Newport News might do.

Is this true? Where should I look?
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Over in the general U.S. forum I started a thread about finding a place to relocate to where I don't need a car. I don't have a car, don't plan to drive any time soon. I work from home so commuting to a job is not an issue. Someone suggested:

What about a city in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of Virginia? I'm sure there are some areas that are very walkable in that area. Maybe something in Hampton, Norfolk, VA Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth or Newport News might do.

Is this true? Where should I look?

If you WORK from home, I suppose the bus system around here is good enough that you can use it for stuff that isnt time sensitive. I would suggest living around somewhere with a lot of walkable things nearby, maybe downtown Norfolkish or Towncenter, Virginia Beach.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:31 PM
 
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Downtown or Ghent areas of Norfolk and Old Town Portsmouth are your best bets in my opinion.

Virginia Beach Town Center doesn't have a grocery store close enough to walk to in my opinion. Give it 5 years.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Norfolk
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Agree, for your situation Ghent and Old Towne Portsmouth are going to be your best areas.

Hampton Roads is not known for being pedestrian friendly-

Even still, you may find yourself needing a car-
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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Agree, for your situation Ghent and Old Towne Portsmouth are going to be your best areas.

Hampton Roads is not known for being pedestrian friendly-

Even still, you may find yourself needing a car-
Needing a car for what?
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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HR pedestrian friendly and walkable? No way!

I like to walk. I don't complain about having to walk 2 or 3 miles to get to a store, but many times you'll either 1) Not be close enough to said store to walk there, or 2) Not be able to walk there due to lack of safety/sidewalks, or laws banning you from doing so.

Right down the road from my house is a bridge. Pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge. Without crossing the bridge you cannot go any place unless you were to walk four times as far in the opposite direction, and even there is only a grocery store and a few piddly things. A little beyond that is another bridge which pedestrians aren't allowed on as well. Without a car I am literally trapped here.

PLEASE do yourself a favor and don't move here.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Don't do it, you need a car in Hampton Roads. DC might be a better option for you.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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Over in the general U.S. forum I started a thread about finding a place to relocate to where I don't need a car. I don't have a car, don't plan to drive any time soon. I work from home so commuting to a job is not an issue. Someone suggested:

What about a city in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of Virginia? I'm sure there are some areas that are very walkable in that area. Maybe something in Hampton, Norfolk, VA Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth or Newport News might do.

Is this true? Where should I look?
No, not a good idea at all. Norfolk is building a train but that is about it. Bus service is abysmal in this area.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Downtown or Ghent areas of Norfolk and Old Town Portsmouth are your best bets in my opinion.

Virginia Beach Town Center doesn't have a grocery store close enough to walk to in my opinion. Give it 5 years.

There is a Food Lion about 2 blocks up Virginia Beach Blvd going towards Norfolk. Thats easily bikeable/walkable.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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Personally, I don't think it would be overly challenging to live in places like VB Town Center, Oyster Point City Center, Kiln Creek, Ghent, Freemason, or Port Warwick without a car. You have everything you need in close range.

The real concerns are that the culture is one of driving and public transportation is lacking. Socially, if you do not have a car, you will be limited in your activities because people tend to drive all over the place to do different activities around here.

For example... just last weekend my friends and I was at Sandbridge beach one day, Waterside the next, then Oyster Point the following. We didn't have to do all of that, but we did, and if I didn't have access to a car I would have been left out.

So my overall advice would be that you can definitely do it, but you will be somewhat limited socially compared to other cities that are more dense and have better public transportation.
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