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Jobs are shifting back to cities — and that’s good news for mass transit: After decades of gradual dispersal

Jobs are shifting back to cities — and that’s good news for mass transit: After decades of gradual dispersal

After decades of gradual dispersal to the suburbs, jobs are beginning to return to the center of cities — and that creates opportunities for expanding mass transit systems. A new analysis of Census data from the think tank City Observatory finds: “Downtown employment centers of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas are recording faster job growth than areas located further from the city center.” City centers, defined as a three-mile radius around the central business district, averaged 0.5 percent job growth per year from 2007 to 2011, despite the massive recession of 2008-2009. During the same period, surrounding peripheral areas lost jobs at an annual rate of 0.1 percent. This represents a major departure from the previous 60 years of American history. Jobs have been radiating outward from the urban core since the beginning of the post-War period that I like to call th...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/jobs-are-shifting-back-to-cities-...

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