Editorial- OR: Portland Can Benefit From Car-Free Trends: "As one of the few places in New England and probably the only place in Maine where people can live, work, attend school, run errands, visit doctors and dentists and enjoy indoor and outdoor recreation without driving, Portland becomes a more attractive place to live.
Car registration trends show this is already happening. From 2004 to 2011, the number of registered passenger vehicles has declined in the city by 23 percent even as the population has grown. Registrations have dropped statewide and nationally as well, but not at such a significant rate.
This may be why Portland apartments have such a low vacancy rate -- 2.5 percent, which is tied for the second lowest in the nation."
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