Empty roads: Car love fades as millennials' values change

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  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Nov. 2, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    This is liberal propaganda. Here's the facts...Democrats legislation and lazy unions have driven up the cost of cars. Liberal policies have driven down the value of the dollar. People can no longer afford what they could have in the past. If you want to live in Detroit, or Chicago, or Philly, or dozens of similar cities be my guest. Oh, and have your will up to date.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    Thirty years ago, a car represented freedom. Today, it increasingly represents a money pit. And the sleek excitement and prestige of cars and motorcycles has been replaced by the sleek excitement of electronic gadgets.

    I have colleagues in urban areas who have never owned a car, simply because the cities are well-designed to provide walkable communities and everything one needs -- from local restaurants and entertainment to Central Park and piano lessons and school -- are all nearby enough that you either walk or take a short cab ride or city transit. Yes, cab rides are $20 a ride and transit can be $3 a day -- but without the thousands in car expenses, including gas, parking, and insurance, having a monthly $300 travel budget is a matter of convenience and freedom.

    The great migration from the inner cities to the suburbs after WWII sparked the need for cars. Increasingly, cities are reinventing themselves to create the type of living our inner-city dwelling grandparents enjoyed -- and our kids are benefiting. So is our air and environment.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 3:32 a.m.

    With the constant preaching of the evils of pollution to these young people, it's not surprising. But that's only part of the story. You wouldn't get me to pay $200 a month for insurance, just to drive a car. In effect, insurance companies are REAL reason young people don't drive. They can't afford to.

  • Scott12345 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    If my home were in an urban, walkable neighborhood, and my wife and I didn't have any children, it would be nice to ditch our cars. Cars are money pits, and they depreciate in value. However, my house is in the suburbs of Salt Lake County, a car saves me at least an hour a day commuting compared to public transit, my job demands include the flexibility of driving to client locations on any given day, and my children's activities (piano & ballet lessons) require a car to get to them. Cars also make it possible to attend our extended family gatherings (also in Salt Lake county), and cars also make family vacations possible (it's too expensive to fly our family somewhere...). So - interesting article, but without a car, my life would stink.

  • sg newhall, CA
    Oct. 25, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    I am insulted by the term "millenials" being used to describe the next generation. I find it demeaning and condescending. I hope this isn't anything more than trying to be cheeky or flippant and not politically correct. These kids may not be crazy for cars but there sure seems to be many brainwashed to think progressives are 'IT'. Many don't know their history or care to thus the voting trends. These kids are either too shallow in their thinking or mindless to bother studying the issues and would rather be spoon fed by their equally-minded liberal, progressive teachers and professors, then to think for themselves. I am NOT impressed with the label "millenials". Please refrain.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    It isn't a bad thing to ditch a car, but the infrastructure really isn't there in a lot of places yet to be fully self reliant and functional without one. And if your plan is to simply be dependent on others or use lack of transportation as an excuse for your inability to get things such as work going on in your life, then get a car and stop expecting the world to come to you. Getting rid of your cel phone is not really necessary, although it's a really good idea to stay away from social media entirely. Not because the government is going to be unhappy they can't track you. It's pretty egotistical to think your life is that interesting or important to the government or anyone else. But because you should control and own your own privacy, and the only way to do that today is to guard your own public persona. Be assured of the value of who you are, not what others think of you.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    My own son dropped his facebook account, threw his smart phone away, and dropped any other form of communication accept face to face, etc. is doing very well in school, happier, and quite content to live without it right now. I'm pleased on two accounts. One, he's getting his homework done and two, he is driving the government crazy. He can't be tracked. He is beginning to understand the term liberty, something the younger generation doesn't quite get for the most part.

  • joeandrade Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    Thanks for a most interesting piece of good news.
    It leads us to reconsider state and local highway development plans, especially the now-controversial West Davis Corridor and other major highway projects.
    Auto use along the Wasatch Front must be decreased or air quality will continue to deteriorate.
    Funds targeted for major highway development should be rebudgeted for mass/public transit instead.