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Generation Z is mobile, but not necessarily with cars, forcing downtown Memphis to adapt

In tonight’s Ransom note, Generation Z. That’s the name for the generation following the Millenials. I have two of them. A generation less enthusias...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – In tonight’s Ransom note, Generation Z.

That’s the name for the generation following the Millenials. I have two of them. A generation less enthusiastic than any other about having kids. They’re okay if they never own a home. And their biggest impact so far? They’re fine not driving.

In fact, research shows the share of 16-year-olds getting their licenses is half what it was in the 1980s. They’re content to not spend all that money buying and maintaining a car. They’d rather Uber it, bike it, take the bus, ride a scooter, or just live close enough to walk to work and play.

Enter the Downtown Mobility Authority which plans to address these shifting demands. It claims downtown Memphis can’t support projected growth if every worker and visitor has a car. So, it aims to support those living car-free with more flexible transportation options.

I can see why carmakers and auto insurance companies are nervous, but good for downtown adapting to changing times.

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