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Old 08-30-2013, 12:58 AM
 
Location: NoHo (North Hollywood)
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Car-Free and Car-Lite in LA: where to live | Metro's The Source

1) Downtown LA
2) Koreatown
3) NoHo Arts District
4) Old Town Pasadena
5) Culver City

Interesting ranking.....
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:49 AM
 
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area
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Interesting, good post.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Not sure I totally agree with the rankings, but those 5 are all some of the most transit, pedestrian and bike friendly areas of the city. I think I saw in the comments that Hollywood may have been docked for sub-par bicycle infrastructure, which is true.

I imagine Santa Monica shoots up to #2 when it gets the Expo Line, bumping Culver City off of the list. In 10 years when the Purple Line reaches Fairfax, you can probably put the Miracle Mile area up there at number 3-4.

Other places that could have been mentioned are Boyle Heights and Expo Park, though I doubt those neighborhoods are really what the target demographic of the article are looking for.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: OC/LA
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Other places that could have been mentioned are Boyle Heights and Expo Park, though I doubt those neighborhoods are really what the target demographic of the article are looking for.
Very true
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Miracle Mile, CA
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Living on the Miracle Mile, the area has picked up in terms of pedestrian-friendliness. There are still a lot of gaps where there's buildings for lease or empty plots of land, but it's definitely changed over the past 10 years here as well.

Pretty soon LA will replace NYC as walking capital of the US

That ranking looks pretty accurate at least for now....
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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What about West Hollywood?..

It apparently was voted most walkable in California.

http://n1a.goexposoftware.com/events...6914565954.pdf
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:57 PM
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There are many neighborhoods that fit the bill. But I don't think Culver City does. Sure it has a great location, a light-rail stop, and an OKish downtown, but nothing about it screams pedestrian-friendly like the other places listed do.

Do people not count Santa Monica as a great place to live car-free because it's isolated? I guess the Expo line will fix that, easy connection to downtown LA.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:00 PM
 
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I don't think Culver City is walkable either... there's a small part of it that's definitely walkable, but as a whole, it's pretty car-dependent, or at least highly transit-dependent.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Miracle Mile, CA
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What about West Hollywood?..

It apparently was voted most walkable in California.

http://n1a.goexposoftware.com/events...6914565954.pdf
It's not just about walkable. It's also about transit friendliness and bike friendliness. With no rail and just buses that take longer going through WeHo, that drags down their score.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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It's not just about walkable. It's also about transit friendliness and bike friendliness. With no rail and just buses that take longer going through WeHo, that drags down their score.
Yes - West Hollywood seems like it is really easy to get around the local neighborhood, and you probably don't need a car if you never plan on leaving the neighborhood. But to get anywhere you have to take the 4 or 2 bus, which are really slow and crowded. Looking for apartments I am pretty much avoiding anything west of the La Brea area because it is too far a walk to the Hollywood / Highland Metro stop and I like to be able to get to DTLA in 30 minutes or so without a car.

It's sort of the opposite with Culver City - it seems okish as far as walkability, and it has pretty good bike amenities (for LA) - but I would imagine the biggest reason it is on the list is because it has fairly-quick connections to DTLA and (soon) Santa Monica. I don't see how it would be better for car-free living than Hollywood though.
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