Politics Daily’s Delia Lloyd thinks so. Her newest column points out that car sales are down, and not just because of the recession. Part of the change is that other options are becoming more mainstream, as in Google adding intelligent bike routes to its maps. And to some degree, the climate change message is hitting home.
One thing she doesn’t mention is that many areas are now turning to New Urbanism and other transit-oriented planning, so people simply don’t need as many cars. And that trend will accellerate in the future, when new carbon reduction laws kick in. Car costs will rise, and as the recession showed, Americans may still love their cars, but if the dating cost is too high, they’ll cut back.
You can read Lloyd’s column here: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/12/as-the-auto-industry-sputters-is-car-culture-dying/