There is also growing research that younger generations do not relate to the automobile as enabling “freedom.” Instead, their electronic and social media devices–whether a smart phone, small lap top computer, music player, etc.–provide an alternate means for self expression and being free to do what they want. In the United States, kilometers driven by 18-34 year olds is declining, and this is likely the case in Canada as well (Neff, 2010). Younger generations seem to have less interest in automotive use, making apartment living in dense, walkable and transit-oriented urban areas a more natural fit for their lifestyles.
— Treehugger, quoting a study by GWL Realty Advisors
This isn’t universal by any means, but there does appear to be a growing demographic (perhaps more noticeable amongst the younger generations) who don’t want cars, particularly in the gentrified inner-city areas well-served by public transport and where there is plenty of nearby amenity in easy reach by walking or cycling.
After all, if you live in the inner-city, and you work in the inner-city, and all your friends live in the inner-city, and you like to go places in the inner-city, and the inner-city is plagued by traffic congestion and high parking costs and PT/walking/cycling is a viable option for most trips, why would you bother spending the money to have a car? You can probably find other things to spend your money on.
The opposite is true, of course, in other areas where car culture pervades. Like, well, Fountain Gate, and many outer suburbs where you really do have to have a car to get by.
(Spotted via Human Transit)