Urban planners and economists focused on creativity and networks have been singing the praises of the city-living since the Great Recession (or, perhaps, since forever). But local housing policy, limited family finances, and American geographical abundance—not to mention the pro-rural laws of U.S. representative government—are powerful centrifugal forces that push Americans ever-outward into suburbs with lawns, trucks, and cul de sacs.The pickup truck is the quintessential American motor vehicle. I have a crew-cab, long-bed, 4-wheel drive, diesel Ford F-350. Of the three vehicles the DrsC own, it is my clear favorite.
Ford’s car sales fell 24 percent in March, while F-Series pickups rose by double digits. GM’s latest sales growth was similarly driven by crossovers and trucks, not little cars.
I look forward to driving it 900+ miles across a mostly empty part of North America 5 weeks from now. You'll not experience freedom like that anywhere near a big city.