Not owning a car is a grueling, miserable existence. Because i spend 5 hours a day transferring ,riding, walking and waiting. I have to suck in second hand smoke at all the bus stops, and even if it is a pretty day the a/c on the bus will be set like a freezer. I have to make sure the drunks don't f ollow me.
In Maryland, on the other hand, the road rage was so serious, it was terrifying to drive.
Manhattan would be a b#$%^ of a place to be without a car. It is not pedestrian friendly and you would have to do alot of walking. Walking is painful for me and this illness leaves me very weak.
I do not know what the answer is. Certainly if i had the means i would get a car.............................