NPR had an interesting read last week on Gen Y and the trend of car ownership — or as the case may be, the declining trend.
The article, “Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership,” says millennials are more likely than baby boomers and Gen Xers to consider whether or not they truly need a car — and overall, to find value in experiences over things.
Living downtown, I’ve run into my fair share of parking dilemmas. York seems just big enough to have limited (and/or sometimes expensive) parking options, but not quite big enough that a majority of its residents use public transport. If your apartment or home doesn’t come with an off-street parking spot, expect to shell out some dough for a city permit or a rented space.
But have I considered actually ditching my car? No.
On the other hand, do I find more value in experiences over things? You bet.
I’d much rather spent $25 on a ticket to Yorktoberfest and eagerly anticipate the end of October rather than buy a DVD or new shirt. I’d much rather save my dollars for a night out with friends instead of a take-out lunch each day that I eat at my desk. I’d much rather rent a kayak for an afternoon on the Susquehanna than buy a seasonal bedspread.
The article did say millennials are not ready — at all — to give up their smartphones, the physical possession we’re most attached to. Sounds about right to me.
Also of interest:
– Acquiring and renewing your driver’s license in Pa.
– What this 20-something remembers about gas prices
– Understanding your car insurance instead of just having it
– When leasing a car is better than owning
– Tales of a car-less 20-something