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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Topic: automobiles

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August 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Seattle among cities that dominate U.S. electric vehicle sales

Been noticing a lot of Leafs and Teslas around town lately?  New data reveal what you may have already guessed — Seattle-area drivers are electric car overachievers. According to a report from automotive data giant R. L. Polk, Seattle is one of five metro areas that dominate the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) market. Polk analyzed new vehicle…

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July 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Is car culture coming to an end in Seattle?

From the heyday of car culture: the Ford Seattle-ite XXI, introduced at the 1962 World's Fair (Photo: University of Washington Libraries Special Collections)

From the heyday of car culture: The Ford Seattle-ite XXI concept car, displayed at the 1962 World’s Fair (Photo: UW Libraries Special Collections)

America’s love affair with the automobile may have finally hit a dead end, according to a recent article in The New York Times.  It’s a bold claim, but the data back it up.

The number of miles driven in the United States peaked in 2005 and has been steadily declining since.

In particular, younger people have turned their backs on the car.  They are much less likely to get a driver’s license than previous generations, and they don’t romanticize automobiles in the way that their parents did.  Their love affair is with smart phones, not cars.

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Is there evidence of this trend at the local level?

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