28 Jun '11, 7pm

Suburbs Are Graying Faster Than Cities As Boomers Stay Put And Kids Move Downtown

Suburbs Are Graying Faster Than Cities As Boomers Stay Put And Kids Move Downtown

People think of the suburbs as a place full of kids, soccer games and minivans, but this is changing fast. People like to stay in the places they know, and as the kids move away the parents are staying. The density of people per acre is dropping fast, as is the need for schools and soccer pitches, while the need for senior services is going to dramatically increase. My mother in law lives on the cul-de-sac shown above; it used to be full of kids. Now, she is not the only person living on in the house she has been in for forty years. According to the Washington Post, they either don't want to leave, or can't. Carol Morello writes: The nation's baby boomers -- 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964 -- were the first generation to grow up in suburbia, and the suburbs is where many chose to rear their own children. Now, as the oldest boomers turn 65, demographers and loc...

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