While observing the reporting on America’s decline of car use for many years now, what stands out is the market-based viewpoint, often claiming GenX/Y/Millenials are simply cogs in a system temporarily unable to afford the responsibilities of adulthood and car ownership. Rarely, if ever, does such coverage ever ask youngish people about their conscious decisions for fear of revealing a greater truth: kids just are done with driving.
Ironically, my hometown newspaper the Lansing State Journal recently ran an in-depth piece regarding the decline of car culture. Bear in mind, Lansing was as much an automobile manufacturing power haus as Flint was for a great many decades. Only Detroit tops them, historically. For my state capital’s paper of record to cover the issue with such honestly and nuance struck me as a sign that change is hella blowin’ in the wind.