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I was shocked to see that Chicago didn't make 24/7 Wall Street's list of Top Ten cities to live in without a car. To compile their list, 24/7 Wall Street looked at a number of factors that contribute to a city's overall ease in getting around by foot or bike. "In each city, [they wrote] we looked at the percentage of neighborhoods covered by public transit, the frequency of service for those neighborhoods and the share of jobs reachable within 90 minutes or less by public transit for people living in those neighborhoods."
I'm not surprised to see San Francisco and Portland at the top of the list. West Coast cities have a concentration of hippie freaks who care about public transportation and refuse to drive cars just on principle.
And of course New York City is on there. Everyone knows that "real" New Yorkers don't even have driver's licenses. They walk, take the subway, or take a cab.
But Honolulu? Salt Lake City? Denver? They all made the list.
Chicago did not make the list!
I'm not sure why I'm shocked. Personally, I hardly ever take public transit myself. Mainly, that's because when I'm driving I'm usually take small children somewhere or I'm picking up more than I carry and bringing it home. I *could* make it here in Chicago without a car, I choose not to.
I *could* send my daughter to our neighborhood school which would be within walking distance. She was given an opportunity to attend a better school across town and we decided to take it.
I *could* do my shopping every day and just buy what I can carry in my arms or in the Radio Flyer wagon. I choose not to because it's not the most efficient use of my time. Not to mention, it's so cold here most of the year that I spend as little time outdoors as I can get away with from December through April!
Our public transportation system needs to provide better coverage if they want people to use it more. Right now, if I want to get anywhere west from my house I have to go all the way south to Belmont, change trains and head back north. An outer loop train would be SO much better.
There are buses, of course. Have you ever tried to take a stroller on the bus? Some drivers won't even stop for you! Some will stop only to tell you that you can't bring your stroller on the bus.
I think I'm sticking with the car until my children are both out of strollers.
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