"Short-hopping on somebody else’s wheels has become common among the generation of suburbanites-turned-city dwellers, many of whom grew up being ferried about by mom and dad," The Washington Post reports.
More than a quarter of the households in the District of Columbia do not own automobiles, the paper says. Slightly fewer than than half of DC households own just one car. Mass transit, bicycles, and short-term rental cars such as Zipcar provide the mobility that many of the District's younger residents want, according to The Post.
Some of the impetus for avoiding car ownership is economic. The paper says, "Surveys of young people show that more than a third have been underemployed or unemployed during the recession and that they graduated from college with an average debt of $23,200, according to the Institute for College Access and Success."
The car also seems to have lost some of the status it once had. In urban areas nationwide, people younger than 24 drove six fewer miles per day in 2009 than in 1990.
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