29 Jun '12, 12pm

Central cities now growing faster than suburbs, confirming trends for walkable lifestyles, shorter commutes

Central cities now growing faster than suburbs, confirming trends for walkable lifestyles, shorter commutes

A lot has changed since those bleak times for cities, from revitalization of declining neighborhoods to transit investment to a disaffection among suburbanites with long commutes and rising gasoline prices. The recession and its aftermath have certainly underscored the last of those factors. But the biggest change of all may be demographic: the portion of the housing market claimed by families with children, the prime market for suburban living, has been shrinking at the same time as the Millennial generation, which strongly favors walkable lifestyles and urban living, has been coming of age. Retiring baby boomers are also in many cases giving up large-lot living in favor of city life.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/the_unmistaka...

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