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New Themes for No Parking

Just another reason to distrust millennials – they don’t want cars. Maybe they’re trying to be environmentally friendly and financially responsible, but I think it’s something else. I think it’s because they don’t want to grow up. According to thenewstribune.com, in Washington state, two apartment buildings currently under construction in Tacoma will not offer parking for residents.

One of the buildings is owned by Koz Development. Its 104 units will include apartments  from 250 to 400 square feet in size. Maybe it’s better for residents to own as little as possible – who knows if there will be room for car keys in an apartment that tiny.

One Tacoma community leader says the apartments will be attractive to millennials who are just starting their careers and don’t want to own a car. The apartments are near a train station, an Amtrak stop, a bus hub and a Link Light Rail station.

“We have always located our projects in transit-oriented neighborhoods and near amenities with the intent of supporting an affordable, car-free, minimalist lifestyle,” said Koz Development president and CEO Cathy Reines via email.

Eric Huseby is the city’s parking coordinator. He says residents with cars can rent spaces throughout the downtown area. After the apartments are finished and lived in, the city will study how parking is affected.

I find the stereotypical millennial to be annoying. It’s the passive, indifferent attitude they live by that gets on my nerves – mostly because I don’t see how any of them survive with such limited incentive. But they will survive, and their approach to life and the practical matters of adulthood will serve them as it alters our culture. Parking-free apartment buildings are a huge indication that the millennial mentality is having an impact.

Read the article here.

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