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The underrated, exhilarating joy of getting your first car

In today's big cities, having a car engenders mild pariah status. Then coronavirus screeched into town

By Alexis Self  

Getting your first car used to be a big deal, an event up there with life’s other major acquisitions: a job, a house, a spouse. While it might not have had the same significance—nor, one would hope, longevity—as any of those three, it was something most people aspired to. Not anymore.

Today, in big cities at least, having a car engenders mild pariah status…

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