The car, a modern necessity for generations, is undergoing a reappraisal far and wide.
Major cities increasingly ban or limit where they can go. Housing developers are scrapping them. Teenagers wait longer to obtain a driver's license today. A deadly virus has exposed extra virtues of the car, one of the few sanctuaries we embrace amid shutdown orders.
It became a must-have prop and ticket for some of the 2020 campaign's major outdoor rallies. New York's Museum of Modern Art next summer will explore automobiles as modern industrial ware and style statements, as well as their impact on roads, public health and the environment.