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Old 05-28-09, 09:39 PM
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Where have you lived Car-free?

I'd like to get a running tally of where folks here have lived car-free as adults. I'll try to keep the list continually updated in this post.

I'll start:

CANADA

Winnipeg, MB - Machka (6 years)
Red Deer, AB - Machka (1.5 years)
Calgary, AB - Buglady (1 year)
Victoria, BC - Buglady (7 years)
St. Catharines, ON - ryanz4 (5 years)


CHINA

Xinyang, Henen, P.R. - Robert C (3 years)


GERMANY

Munich - djwid (1 year)
Bamburg - benajah (2 years)


IRELAND

Carrickmacross - benajah (1 year)


ITALY

Vicenza - benajah (2 years)


MEXICO

Tijuana, BCN - Ekdog (2 years)
Cd. Juárez, Chih - Ekdog (1year)


SPAIN

Seville - Ekdog (20 years)


SWITZERLAND

St. Gallen, CH - chrisch (8.5 years)


U.K.

York - benajah (2 years)
Hampshire - rbrian (5 years)
Aberdeenshire - rbrian (1 year)


U.S.

Cambridge, MA - uke (4 years)
Boston, MA - Jim from Boston (20 years)
North Attleboro, MA - DX Rider (12 years)

Seattle, WA - bragi (5 years), daxr (1 year)
Bremerton, WA - bmclaughlin807 (2 years)
Kirkland, WA - djwid (2 years)

Columbus, OH - pedex (8.5 years), politicalgeek (3 mo)

Denver Metro, CO - bmclaughlin807 ( 5 years), ban guzzi (2 years)

Lakeside, AZ - bmclaughlin807 (1 year)
Phoenix, AZ - DanMach (1 year)

Alameda, CA - bmclaughlin807 (1 year)
San Diego, CA - Ekdog (20 years), dingster41 (1 year), Roody (1 year)
Glendale, CA - Ekdog (2 years)
San Francisco, CA - Ekdog (1 year)
Los Angeles, CA - Artkansas (? years), booger1 (32 years)
Santa Barbara, CA - Artkansas (? years)
Chico, CA - Robert C (2 years)
Tustin, CA - DX Rider (3 years)
Inland Empire, CA - mijome07 (6 years)
Irvine, CA - Zian (3 years)
Santa Cruz, CA - daxr (.5 year)

Hampton, VA - bmclaughlin807 (1 year)
Reston, VA - BretM (1 year)
Blacksburg, VA - djwid (3 years)

Orlando, FL - bmclaughlin807 (1 year)

El Paso, TX - Ekdog (1 year)
Dallas, TX - platy (2 years)
Austin, TX - platy (6 years)
Fort Worth, TX - urban_assault (2 years)

Little Rock, AR - Artkansas (? years)

Starkville, MS - toThinkistoBe (2 years)
Gautier, MS - toThinkistoBe (2 years)

Iowa City, IA - mesasone (1.5 years)

Highland Park, MI - Roody (3 years)
Jackson, MI - Roody (4 years)
Lansing, MI - Roody (10 years)
Detroit, MI - Jim from Boston (1 year)
Ann Arbor, MI - Jim from Boston (4 years)

Memphis, TN - DX Rider (1 year)

Sarasota Springs, NY - jasonpraxis (1 year)
NYC, NY - jasonpraxis (3 years), baldsue (3 years)

Chicago, IL - jasonpraxis (5 years), LoRoK (9 years)

St. Cloud, MN - Scheherezade (1 year)
Northfield, MN - rockmom (4 years)

Fayetteville, NC - wahoonc (2 years)
Greensboro, NC - wahoonc (4 years), AllenG (? years)

Newport, RI - billew (35 years)

Portland, OR - rockmom (1 year), daxr (1 year), RobCG (2 years)
Beaverton, OR - djwid (6 years)

Salt Lake City, UT - rockmom (2.5 years)

Madison, WI - rockmom (8 years)

Albuquerque, NM - LoRoK (5 years)

Athens, GA - AllenG (1 year)
Atlanta, GA - urban_assault (8 years)

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Old 05-28-09, 09:49 PM
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Well, I was car-ownership-free up till the age of 18, and I lived all over western Canada. But as an adult ...

Winnipeg, MB for 6 years
Red Deer, AB for 1.5 years
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
I'd like to get a running tally of where folks here have lived car-free as adults. I'll try to keep the list continually updated in this post.

I'll start:

Cambridge, MA - uke (4 years)
Seattle, WA - bragi (? years)
Winnipeg, MB - Machka (6 years)
Red Deer, AB - Machka (1.5 years)
sorry; Seattle WA, 5 years.
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Old 05-28-09, 10:30 PM
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Denver Metro (Denver, Aurora, Lakewood), Colorado, 5 yrs
Lakeside, Arizona, 1 year
Bremerton, Washington, 2 years
Alameda, California, 1 year
Hampton, Virginia, 1 year
Orlando, Florida, 1 year
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Victoria, BC: 7 years (moved out on my own at 19, didn't get driver's license till I was 26)
Calgary, AB: 1 year, and about to start again.
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San Diego, California: about twenty years.
Glendale, California: two years.
San Francisco, California: one year.
Tijuana, BCN, Mexico: about two years.
El Paso, Texas: about one year.
Cd. Juárez, Chih.:Mexico, about one year.
Seville, Spain: twenty years.

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Old 05-29-09, 01:40 AM
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Dallas, Texas: 2 years
Austin, Texas: 6 years
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Old 05-29-09, 04:54 AM
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L.A. : 4
Santa Barbara : 5
Little Rock : 4
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Highland Park, MI, 3 years (as an adult)
San Diego, CA, 1 year
Jackson, MI, 4 years
Lansing, MI, 10 years


Curious--what's the purpose of the list?
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^ Curiosity on my part. I also thought it would be neat to get an idea of the breadth of places people here have managed to go CF in.

I often find myself thinking, "I need to be in a big city with this and this and that" to do it, but something like this helps illustrate that it's possible to live without a car in a lot of places if you set your mind to it.

Already got 5 countries and (as of your post) 12 states up. It might also help new visitors and lurkers who automatically rule out certain regions of the country because they can't imagine making it work there
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Good idea. I hope a lot of people respond--especially some of the lurkers.

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Ann Arbor, MI: Four academic years (home for summers)
Detroit, MI: About one year but always bumming rides
Boston, MA: About 20 years (but did rent cars occasionally)
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Memphis, TN - 1 year
Tustin, CA - 3 years
North Attleboro, MA - 12 years
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Saratoga Springs, NY: 1 year
New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn): 3 years
Chicago, IL: 5 years

Edit: Went back to look at the list again and I've added a couple of towns to my "Places to visit" text file. I'm a transient academic laborer, so anywhere in the US or Canada where it's possible to be car free is a potential work site. Great idea for a Google Map, too.

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It might also help new visitors and lurkers who automatically rule out certain regions of the country because they can't imagine making it work there.
Like Winnipeg with its brutal winters, for example?
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