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Old 12-27-2010, 04:13 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I've seen too many elderly people who live in areas where you need a car to go anywhere. When they reach the point where they can't drive anymore, they have to depend on taxis, friends or relatives to get anywhere. We're trying to avoid that happening in the distant future.
The opposit happened to me. I reached the point where I can't walk anymore so I depend on a car and I know others in this boat. If that happened to you then maybe a car in the future would be the answer. if you purchase a long term residence make sure there is provision for parking however.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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Not necessarily true. I live in center city and King of Prussia is my mall of choice easily reachable from center city via the 124 or 125 bus. It starts at 13th and Market with various stops going to the Expressway at 30th Street.
Oh yeah, I'm aware of the 124/125 buses; I've taken them a time or ten myself. I'm just thinking for a "Baby Boomer" couple who might want to do some "serious" shopping, those buses may not accommodate their needs.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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Oh yeah, I'm aware of the 124/125 buses; I've taken them a time or ten myself. I'm just thinking for a "Baby Boomer" couple who might want to do some "serious" shopping, those buses may not accommodate their needs.
Well, that's where www.carshare.com, or Car Sharing, an alternative to car rental and car ownership – Zipcar comes in handy.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Absolutely! I think car sharing services were mentioned earlier in the thread. I'm definitely in the camp that believes owning a car in Center City and in much of the Philly metro is not necessary, especially for and couples. Of course, others' mileage may vary (no pun intended).
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:28 AM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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Most of the House Hunter episodes in Philadelphia that I have seen are actually in the suburbs. A car is really unnecessary, evena burden, in Center City and the adjacent neighborhoods. I highly recommend Center City for retirement. I walk everywhere or take public transportation which is free if you're 65.
I keep hearing people mention Center City.........how big is it?
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I keep hearing people mention Center City.........how big is it?
People will call anything from Spring Garden to Girard the northern boundary of CC, and anything from South to Washington the southern boundary. The two rivers would serve as east-west boundaries, though some would consider the closer parts west of the Schuylkill to be CC as well. Check it on a map. There's not a hard and fast rule about the boundaries, and there are multiple neighborhoods located within Center City.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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This is pretty accurate and gives the various neighborhoods.

Center City, Philadelphia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Lived here car-free for twenty years. Mostly Center City and South Philly. It was fine. Bought a car reluctantly a month ago. Love it. It's liberating.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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I sold my car 11 years ago. I've been in South Philly for all of it. I have young kids now but I also have quite a few car sharing options within two blocks of my house. My only real complaint is having to mess with the carseats . . . but that'll be over in a few years.

With every passing year it only gets more convenient to live here sans car.

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Check it on a map. There's not a hard and fast rule about the boundaries, and there are multiple neighborhoods located within Center City.
Pretty much. While the purists will say "it's Vine to South St., the original boundaries of the city" most people also put the Parkway and Museums in Center City which takes that boundary up to Spring Garden St. It makes sense to me as South St. is 6 blocks south of Market and Spring Garden is 6 blocks north.

Over the last 10 years the demographics of Center City have spilled out into surrounding neighborhoods so, demographically speaking, Center City more accurately stretches from Washington up to Girard Ave.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:27 PM
 
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PhillyCarShare is excellent. They have numerous locations throughout the more densely populated areas of Philly.

Car sharing would make it possible to have a car for just a couple hours for grocery shopping or other errands.

The nice thing about Philly is that public transit and driving are both good options in most cases. A car isn't usually necessary, but it can make life more convenient.

Regarding living in NYC, it's only convenient to get to Philly by Amtrak, which is a minimum of $100 for one round trip. Taking NJ Transit to SEPTA is time-consuming and costs almost $50 for one round trip. Megabus is much cheaper, but they tend to be late and to get stuck in traffic.

I've lived in NYC and frequently visited Philly; there's not much you can get in NYC that you can't get in Philly. And NYC is far more expensive. Nor is it actually that easy to get around NYC without a car unless you live in Manhattan, or possibly areas close to the subway and close to Manhattan. I lived in Brooklyn, close to the second J/M train stop from Manhattan. It was surprisingly time-consuming to get to most of Manhattan, or even to most of Brooklyn for that matter.
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