Almost one year ago we moved our family of four lifelong suburbanites to the city. We ditched our car, got rid of most of our stuff, and squeezed into a tiny apartment. Becoming carfree with kids and adopting an urban lifestyle has been one of the most adventurous and rewarding moves we have ever made. Each Monday I’ll be writing an article about different aspects of urban living with small kids that I hope you find interesting. Please contribute to the discussion in the comments, on Facebook, and on Twitter!
Today I want to write about our carfree lifestyle and how we have lived without a car for nearly two years now! That’s right: two kids, one commute, no car. But before I tell you that story, I have to tell you this story…
2012 in Phoenix, Arizona
Rewind to the end of 2012. We were living in the exurbs of Phoenix, Arizona. We owned a large house (4 beds, 3 baths) with a giant backyard. We owned one pretty old car that got us around just fine. My husband, Ben, worked remotely and I was a stay-at-home mom to our two kids, so all four of us were home basically all the time.
In October 2012 Ben’s company downsized and he was unfortunately one of the casualties. He applied for jobs all over the country and ended up getting a job in Portland, Oregon. In February of 2013 we relocated to Beaverton, a suburb of Portland.
Right up until about two weeks before our move date, we had planned to drive our car up to Oregon. We knew it wasn’t in great shape and that it was leaking some fluids, but we didn’t know just how bad it was until we took it to our mechanic for a little pre-tr