Even as buzz continues to grow over walkable urbanism and downtown centers, the American suburbs continue to outpace cities in total population growth, according to a new study by the Urban Land Institute. That study may have strong implications for designers, developers, and elected officials alike, Laura Kusisto reports:
Big cities may be getting all the attention, but the suburbs are holding their own in the battle for population and young earners.
That is the thrust of a study of population trends and housing set to be released Monday by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, a nonprofit real-estate research group.
Property developers and urban-policy experts have trumpeted the influx of young, affluent professionals into big central cities in recent years. The shift has transformed downtown areas, sparking a historic boom in luxury-apartment construction and retail development.
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