The Coalition for Smarter Growth crunched the latest Census numbers on car-free living in DC:
Just because many people live without a car doesn’t mean we insist that everyone must live without a car. I have a car, and use it sometimes. But I like having many other options so that I rarely actually have to use it (and, if I had no car, could use Zipcar in those cases where I do need one).
Having significant percentages of people living car-free also reduces traffic for everyone who isn’t car-free. Therefore, we should all look for policies that help these numbers grow.
In wealthy parts of the city where many people are living car-free as a choice, like Wards 2 and 6, we should strive to welcome more residents, to give even more people the opportunity to enjoy the wealth of transportation options that exist. In poorer areas like Wards 7 and 8, where the car-free rate comes more from inability to afford a car, we need better transportation options to help car-free residents get to work and to stores.