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    GM Decides To Shrink Maven's Footprint

      ...Maven? Maven who?...

    Maven, General Motors' car-sharing service launched in 2016 will be ceasing operation in several cities in the U.S.

    The news was first broken by the Wall Street Journal on Monday and has been confirmed by a GM spokeswoman. Eight out of the seventeen markets that the service operates including Boston and Chicago will be closed down within the next few months. According to the spokeswoman, the shutdown is due to GM wanting to "concentrate on markets in which we have the strongest current demand and growth potential." Those markets in question include Detroit, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

    Another possible reason is the lack of awareness of Maven in the eight markets being shut down. There isn't enough demand for people wanting to use car-sharing or wanting to allow the use of their vehicles.

    Source: Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required), Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    I do like the idea of a walkable neighborhood, haven't lived in one in a long time.  My neighborhood is very quiet day and night, but not really much to walk to...though I did walk home from the tire shop when I had my Jeep in getting tires about 18 months ago, but all the restaurants along the way are mostly fast food.  I do have a Thai resturant I could walk to, though..it's pretty good.     

    When I lived in Phoenix and Denver the neighborhoods were somewhat walkable, esp. Phoenix where I was 2 blocks away from a street w/ my grocery and lots of trendy restaurants that I drove to often.  But given the horrific climate in Phoenix, no one walks.   

    The best mix of livability w/ walkability I've experienced in the past were in college towns, Kent, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I enjoyed the years I lived in each town.   Haven't been back to A2 in 20 years, but have visited Kent a couple times in the last year, the downtown is great..lots of new development on and off campus. 

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