I hear rather a lot of good things about public transport Portland in Oregan. It has an expanding system of trains, light rail, street cars (trams), buses and even an aerial tram (overhead cable car) .
Now, who do I know in Portland? Ah, Rubye Jack of course. I don't know too many American bloggers, but there was also Stephen with his blog, Post Apocalyptic Bohemian, who is or was in Portland. Alas, he has not posted since October last year. It is quite remarkable that out of maybe half a dozen American bloggers, two live in the same city.
Like wherever there is intensive public transport, the street cars/trams have very calming effect on the population. Portland is also named as the twelfth most walkable city in the US. Portland sounds like a rather civilised place to live.
But sadly they have done away with their cute little reproduction trams, built in 1991. In the late nineties they were running every day, but over the subsequent years, their usage has been much reduced and the last have now been sold to St Louis. Aren't they a delight?