Millennials and car ownership


Traffic on Boston’s Tobin Bridge (from WBUR).

Millennials, those who were born in roughly 1980-2000, are increasingly forgoing buying cars. There are many potential reasons for this, but the jury’s out on what the true causes are.

In the above-linked article, the reasons are broken down into three different types: economic, technological, and cultural. I believe the last two reasons are more interesting, so I am going to delve into those more.

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What is “The Fifth Migration”?


The historic clock tower and museum at the Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. Other former factory buildings surrounding this one are renovated as loft apartments. (from

Coined by Robert Fishman in an article he wrote for the Journal of the American Planning Association in 2005, “The Fifth Migration” is, most simply put, the repopulation of America’s cities. He argues that we are now at a time where there is a great influx of people into America’s cities, whether that be from immigration or from suburban people “rediscovering” the city.

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