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The vast majority of Americans can't get to work without a car. Can you?

Earlier this week, a story began making the rounds about the ten best metro areas in which to live without a car. The winners include some of the usual suspects: San Francisco, Portland, New York City, Honolulu, Seattle, San Jose (?), Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Boston. The original article was written on the MSNBC blog 24/7 Wall St. by Charles B. Stockdale. It certainly got some of the basics right about walkability: “Several factors make a city easy to live in without a car. The most important one is a widely available and efficient public transportation system. Another is having daily amenities, such as groceries, shopping, schools and entertainment, nearby and within easy reach on foot or by bicycling. The best cities have both features and 24/7 Wall St. has identified the ten best ones to live without a car. “For people without cars, large cities with den...

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