June 4, 2013

Car Ownership trending down

Photo Credit: Boston Globe
Has America's car ownership peaked? 

This article claims that the concept of car ownership, a paradigm of the American lifestyle in the 20th Century, is on its way out. 

Just as a generation decided it no longer needed a telephone that was hard-connected to a copper wire, an even larger group of people is starting to realize it doesn't really require a 4000-pound piece of steel in its driveway, used less than an hour a day, almost exclusively by one occupant, and propelled by a death-dealing fuel. 

Mass transit, car sharing, ride sharing, and micro-rentals – all coordinated with mobile devices, combined with small urban commuter vehicles, bicycling, and even walking, are rapidly eroding our old concept of personal transportation.

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