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  • ulio

    I wouldn't include SF on the list, you can do it, but it's a hassle as the public transit there is not as good. I think only 4 cities are decent, ny (by far above) then another tier, chicago/dc/boston, then another tier of could pull it off, but has crappy transit services (philly, sf) <--these 2 are very walkable but getting around is not good . - urban enthusiast...

  • John Wynn

    Jeff, there is a long way to go but the good news is that more and more cities are creating opportunities for residents to be less dependent on their cars.Here in Cleveland, the city just completed a study to develop a transportation corridor connecting east and west side locations and work is scheduled to begin soon. Residents, business owners, neighborhood development corps, city planners, and city council all actively participated in the process. Educational facilities, cultural institutions, entertainment districts, sports venues, world class heath facilities and historic neighborhoods will all be connected via a central rail/bus system and designated bike lanes. Keep the dream alive!

  • Jess Morgan

    I would love to be car-free, or at least a car-use minimalist, but I have 3 kids & live 15 mins drive away from the nearest city. I would enjoy tips on how to live a more car-less life, from my vantage point where it feels like I'll never quite be completely free of it.

  • Chelsea Frazee

    I love to hear from people who have chosen to live without a car. For my first two years in LA I did not have a car. I definitely got a lot of disbelieving looks when I told people I was sans car. LA is meant for cars, but I rarely felt like I was missing out by not having one.

    Now I've had my car out here for about a month and I still find myself preferring walking, biking, or taking public transportation. Even in a city that is not made for walking, I still enjoy many of the benefits mentioned in the excerpt. I find it relaxing to walk or bike places, I always seem to be in great shape even when I take a hiatus from running, I meet some interesting characters on the bus and train, and I feel much more connected to my community. I would encourage anyone to try (with an open mind) being car free for a week and see what happens.