02 Jul '13, 12pm

Is our love affair with the car over?: Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times looks at the data and writes...

Is our love affair with the car over?: Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times looks at the data and writes...

The debate about the future of the car continues; Derek concludes his post on Ford with "the reality is that our car culture is here to stay." However the data say otherwise. Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in the New York Times about the end of car culture , noting that the numbers of miles driven per person peaked in 2005 (well before the recession started, so it isn't just the economy) and is now 9% below the peak. Reasons: “Different things are converging which suggest that we are witnessing a long-term cultural shift,” said Mimi Sheller, a sociology professor at Drexel University and director of its Mobilities Research and Policy Center. She cites various factors: the Internet makes telecommuting possible and allows people to feel more connected without driving to meet friends. The renewal of center cities has made the suburbs less appealing and has drawn empty nesters bac...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/our-love-affair-car-over.html

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