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Car Free Living

By Steve Atlas

Is living without a car possible? Not only is it possible, it is safer, better for the environment, saves energy, reduces hassles and costs less.

It is possible to live without a car or with limited use of a car in many parts of North America. Large cities, smaller towns and tourist destinations are all areas where driving isn't necessary. Public transportation, biking, walking and car sharing are some of the methods that can be used as alternatives to driving.

Steve Atlas has written a series of articles about some of these areas, outlining how to live a relaxing, sustainable lifestyle without having to count on a car for daily activities.

Here are the first few of these destinations. Check this page frequently for as we will be adding more places where living without a car is possible.








Located in a beautiful setting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains about 25 miles northwest of Denver. Boulder is an active community that is surrounded by publicly owned open space. Because Boulder is a compact community (basically eight miles across), it is fairly easy for bicyclists to reach most areas of the city. There is a system of trails and parks that the general public can access for recreation year round.

Boulder is home to the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) which creates a diverse culture and activities such as the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the World Affairs Conference, academic lectures, speakers from across the globe, film festivals, athletic events of all types and more. There are approximately 30,000 students, and approximately 7,000 faculty and Staff.

Restaurants offer many types of cuisine ranging from continental, French, Italian, Mexican, Ethiopian, Thai, Chinese, Nepalese, and many others. One of the last operating Chautauqua centers is alive and well on the west side of Boulder at one of the major access points to Boulder Open Space. --Read More--


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A very affordable city in which to live, Cleveland has outstanding major league sports, music of all types, and legitimate theatre. Cleveland is also well known for its high quality health care.

Cleveland has big-city amenities, culture, attractions and diversity, but with smaller-city costs of living. Housing options are extensive but not expensive. The region has a growing economy in health care/biomedical, graphic design design, filmmaking, visual arts, renewable/alternative energy, insurance/finance, information technologies, machine tools and other sectors. There are numerous walkable, transit-friendly neighborhoods and inner-ring "streetcar suburbs.”

An excellent public transportation system, with 10 routes operating 24 hours a day, and lots of in-town and suburban neighborhoods within an easy walk of both transit and shopping make Cleveland a good choice for a place to live without needing to own a car. --Read More--


Do you love being near the mountains, in a city that combines a wealth of visual and performing arts and shopping with easy access to the outdoors?

Then, Denver may be the right choice for you. With 6 light rail lines, lots of shopping, the University of Colorado less than an hour away in Boulder, and lots to do, Denver is never dull. When you want to leave Denver, Regional Transit District (RTD) buses take you nearly anywhere in the region.

Denver is a stimulating city with 300 days of annual sunshine, year-round adventure and the breathtaking Rocky Mountains in its backyard. From a thriving arts and culture scene, world class attractions and endless shopping possibilities, to nationally recognized chefs, exciting nightlife and abundant outdoor recreation, Denver welcomes you to experience, explore and discover how the Mile High City will awaken your senses like nowhere else. Mild weather, outdoor recreation, exciting nightlife, tantalizing restaurants, history & culture, lots of shopping, world class attractions - what more could you want? --Read More--


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Duluth, with a population of 98,000, is great mid-sized city to live. It’s a tourist destination and wonderful place to live all year round. The city climbs to 500 feet above Lake Superior with most of the city built on the hillside where lake views are splendid. Duluth is a regional medical center, has four colleges, its own symphony orchestra, international shipping and a thriving tourist business.

Duluth offers acres of green park space, sailing, a regional Spirit Mountain ski facility, hiking and biking trails, two 27-hole public golf courses and two private 18-hole clubs. The city also has miles of intercity beaches on Park Point and 14 trout streams within the city limits that flow into Lake Superior.

Most parks and attractions are accessible by bus, including the Lake Superior Zoo, Great Lakes Aquarium, Maritime Center/Aerial Lift Bridge, cultural centers, movie theaters, public libraries and malls. --Read More--

Do you have a favorite area where you can live without driving? Let us know. Perhaps, we can spotlight it in a future article. E-mail with your comments or suggestions.

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