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Old 04-27-2006, 12:56 PM   #41
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Folks get real. The main thing causing sprawl in the USA is middle class people trying to get themselves and their kids away from inner city problems. That probably can't be fixed, but if it were fixed, people would very quickly return to the cities, especially with today's gas prices.

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Re: You think your commute is bad, Part 2
Old 04-27-2006, 01:27 PM   #42
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Folks get real. The main thing causing sprawl in the USA is middle class people trying to get themselves and their kids away from inner city problems. That probably can't be fixed, but if it were fixed, people would very quickly return to the cities, especially with today's gas prices.
I agree with that, Ha. Ironically, there are still quite a few spots in most major cities which are close in, really attractive, and offer pretty decent safety, neighborhood associations, diversity in the best sense. We have always looked for those, but I must admit that it is hard if you have kids in school and want to use the public school system.

Our nest has been empty a long time so schools are not an issue for us. We find that the cost is high - similar to the more expensive suburbs. The houses and lots are smaller for the dollar, but the convenience and lifestyle suits us very well.

I predict a resurgence in most cities over the next few years. The problems will still be there (probably grow) but they will be displaced one way or another. If the city has downtown water or big parks, so much the better.

The burbs can be great, too, but in a different way.
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Re: You think your commute is bad, Part 2

Guess the guys drive just got a little longer.

Landslide has closed route 140 to yosemite "indefinitely"

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060602/...te_road_closed
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I had a 4 hour/day commute for 7 years. Three legs (bus, ferry, and shuttle). The good news for me was that I wasn't driving like this poor guy. I didn't have to pay attention. I could sleep, read, talk to friends, or just hang out on the deck of the ferry on a nice day. Heck, I even wrote a book one year during my commute. I found that I just spent the time doing things that I would normally do at home (read, sleep, etc...). If I had to drive 4 hours/day I don't think I would last very long but using mass transit can be a little more tolorable. It can also be more affordable (With my company paying for most of my bus/ferry pass, it only cost me $1/day to commute).

My reason for doing the 4 hour/day commute is that it initially allowed me to work downtown (making more money) and live were there was less traffic and lower cost housing. Unfortunately, after 7 years, housing went up substantially and the heavy traffic extended its reach. I guess this was also fortunate as I did pretty well in selling the house .
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i live and work in the city, i can walk to work in 10 - 15 mins, i love it, i couldnt go back to getting in a car and driving every day.
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1.6 mile commute for me. Sometimes I walk. Living near the center of town is very nice when you live in a small town. I would not chose to be near town in the last city I lived in. My commute used to be 35 miles each way. It took 40 min. at 5:45 am and at least 1 hour 20 mintues at 6 pm. I do not plan on ever doing that again.
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