10 cities for a car-free retirement

If you're ready to put down your keys, certain neighborhoods and cities make getting around without your own set of wheels a whole lot easier.

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Aug 21, 2012 10:18PM
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What makes this entire article a total waste is the fact that all the cities listed have a high crime rate and a higher cost of living. So what are you saving, high cost of living and  unsafe to go out at night without a gun. II'll keep my car and my 357 Mag.
Aug 8, 2012 1:50PM
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Ten of the 12 cities listed have some of the highest violent crime rates in the country and you think these are good places to retire without a car? Really? I'm guessing that the a..hole that wrote this has never and would never walk the streets alone in any of these cities after dark.
Aug 8, 2012 10:39AM
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Are there any smaller towns out there, where I could retire without a car?

I don't want to live in one of these mega metropolis's!

Aug 8, 2012 1:19PM
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Is this article about where to retire or where to get mugged?
Aug 8, 2012 3:26AM
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Riding the "L" train in Chicago is completely unsuitable for the elderly. Some have stairs with no elevators.  The winter weather is nasty.  Housing prices are so steep you'd probably save money staying where you are and keep the car.  There is the same situation with New York.  San Fransisco has among the highest housing costs in the country, some think higher than New York.
Aug 8, 2012 11:06AM
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Baltimore? You might not make it to the bus/rail stop without getting mugged. The trains are full of loudmouth, profanity speaking trash. Terrible city. The Wire is more representative.
Aug 7, 2012 11:03PM
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The author's analysis obviously didn't take into account inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow high winds, etc) during which events walking (the article's focus) is impractical and or/impossible in many of these rated cities. Yes, there're other forms of transportation, but walking is the focus, so many of these cities should be greatly down rated or eliminated.
Aug 22, 2012 10:10AM
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Yes sir re, come to these cities were the crime rate soars on black on white robberies and vicious assaults on whites.  Be the fodder for giving your life and money to the blacks on the street so they can buy more drugs?  Public transportation is just another place for them to have a whack at you!  That's exactly where I want to retire????  Kiss my ****!!!!!!!!!!! Not to mention the high cost of living including higher taxes???????????
Aug 8, 2012 12:26PM
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No disrespect intended, but are you serious about this article? I am surprised that you perceive your readers as dumb enough to not recognize the "filler" quality of the article. For Pete's sake, you listed every major city across the country that even has a rail system!  
Aug 8, 2012 7:29AM
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notice all of the cities are in the top 20 most expensive cities and they have the highest crime rate. guess I'd prefer to keep my money and my safety,
Aug 8, 2012 12:06PM
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Smaller college towns often offer good low cost transit systems as well as the qualities of "culture" provided by the university and the non-gown community which has also developed its own independent lifestyle.  Champaign-Urbana, Illinois is a good example.  The two communities work hand in glove with two local higher learning facilities.  You have the opportunity to stay younger and take part in a diversity of age groups at a much lower cost than the more metropolitan areas listed.  I lived in New York City during my professional career, but now have returned to a quieter lifestyle without having to climb up and down subway stairs, constantly smelling gas fumes, and having no greenspace.  I miss the great variety of food, the ocean travel on the Staten Island Ferry, but my get up and go has gone into a lower gear, the internet has been invented, and there are still plenty of life experiences and human beings to enjoy.   
Aug 8, 2012 7:51PM
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I guess these might be true if you ignore the extreme likelihood of being mugged, or worse and having to deal with the panhandlers and vagrants.  Try again!!
Aug 8, 2012 3:18PM
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Some funny comments - but I mostly agree.  SURE, you might not need a car in many of these cities but you'd better have a nice nest egg to afford close proximity to amenities (shopping and medicail facilities) and it would be helpful to have a good set of "wheel" (legs) to climb steep roads and to run like hell when you see trouble coming.
Aug 8, 2012 4:01PM
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Yeah...I'd rather just buy a car

 

Aug 8, 2012 7:33PM
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Boston is a great walking city, if you don't get mugged or hit by a car.
Aug 8, 2012 5:52PM
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You researchers MISSED one of the finest places to live car-free.
Oahu.
Health-care is everywhere and the YEARLY bus pass, which runs 4 times an hour wherever you want to go, is THIRTY DOLLARS, yup $30......... a YEAR to seniors.
The one room furnished rental is in the $400s.
Oh, did i fail to note, Oahu is one of THE finest destination DREAMED about since one was a teenager......................... unlike MOST of the authors suggestions.

Aug 8, 2012 1:43PM
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These are places to retire without a car?  Really? Ten of the 12 have some of the highest violent crime rates in the country.  And you think these are places retirees should walk around? 
Aug 8, 2012 7:04PM
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What are the 10 cities! You didn't list them!
Aug 8, 2012 8:17AM
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I may not need a car in Portland. But the cost of a home downtown is triple what I paid in North Central Florida and commuted 20 miles to work.
Even now that I am retired I would have to sell my car and house in FL , add quit a few thousand ( probably more like 10's of thousands) of dollars to purchase a house in one of the downtown Portland neighborhoods mentioned. Doesn't make sense to me...

Aug 22, 2012 3:02AM
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Retirees with good sense are trying to movie away from the east coast crime ridden cities if they only had the money and a way out.  Balitmore was once the murder capital of the United States, along with Wasshington D.C, Chicago and others. You might not need a car there but you better be in relative good shape, be able to run very fast, and don't go out or answer your door after dark. i would rather live in a place a little safer if there is such a place and bare the expenses of having a car. No place in the United States is immune from violent crime but some of these cities named in this article are death sentences to the elder, retiree, and those who don't ge around so good anymore. Isn't you life worth more then living in your own home made jail restricted to going out in the day time and praying that crime passes you by that day!
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