24
Sep
2011

A Life Without Driving

It has been 16 months since I moved to Singapore. One of the unexpected benefits of this move is the loss of a car. It is a joy to live in a town where I can walk to grocery stores, malls, restaurants, and public transportation that will take me nearly everywhere else.

Half a year ago I realized that not having a car was a big part of my happiness here. And that made me think about the US infrastructure that has made people addicted to cars in all but a handful of cities. My Mom in Gallatin, not far from Nashville, TN, recently asked me where I would recommend she live if she wanted to abandon driving.

To be more specific, what cities in the United States meet the following conditions:

  • Have a dense living quarter that supports (urban) residences, shops, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
  • Is reasonably safe.
  • Has a functional public transportation system.
  • Does not get too cold (no ice or snow).
  • Is not too expensive (not NYC or SF expensive, I mean).

The only city Mom and I think might meet these conditions is San Diego.  Maybe Portland, but I am not sure.

Can you help us find this ideal home for a new stage of my parents’ life?

28
Apr
2010

Farewell, America, For Now

This morning I officially accepted a job in Singapore. I am now three weeks away from becoming a US expatriate. A week before that I will be without a home, living out of two suitcases meant to last me the six weeks it will take to get settled. My anxiety over this move grows but so does my excitement. Exactly what waits for me at the far side of this adventure remains unclear.

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