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Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Car-free future? Not for families

THIS CAR-FREE city thing is getting out of hand. Whoever is driving this movement probably doesn’t spend much time shuttling elderly relatives to medical appointments or picking up the kids from their friends’ houses across town. Before Boston officials give the green light to developers to build housing with little or no off-street parking, they should remember that many of the city’s residents are already driving around in an endless loop looking for a place to park.

Planners from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and city Transportation Department are mesmerized by the growing number of residents in the 20-to-35 age range who shun car ownership.

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