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Seattle Leads the Nation in Reducing Car Ownership
"When it comes to car ownership, Seattle has finally turned a corner," according to an article by Gene Balk.
"Census data released last month shows the city’s car-ownership rate has dropped dramatically in the past several years. In the new estimates, about 81% of Seattle households owned at least one vehicle in 2018 — that’s the lowest rate since the 1980s," reports Balk.
The city of Seattle's drop in car-ownership is the biggest among the 50-most populous cities in the country, and by a wide margin, according to Balk. Granted, U.S. cities are setting a low bar of performance on this metric: only 11 of those 50 cities achieved any decline since 2010.
A follow up article by Patrick Taylor calls the news about Seattle's declining rate of car ownership a "victory for the urbanist vision."