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  •  One thing not mentioned. (4+ / 0-)

    Childless households are growing, which certainly raises the possibility of higher density, lower square footage, living (and also negates the suburban selling points -- schools, safe for children, etc.)

    Also, Boomer Empty Nesters are moving back to the cities as well. I can't count the number of new tenants we have in our urban condo building who raised kids in the burbs, then moved back downtown for their retirement years. It's a trend nobody's talking about.

    •  Same thing where I live (1+ / 0-)
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      I work at an urban university. Never had kids, but most of my similar aged friends and co-workers do (I'm 47). They are all slapping for-sale signs on their picket fences as soon as the youngest graduates. They buy condos or small bungalows near campus.

      Younger people also live near campus if they do not have children. As you note, more people are childless by choice. Those who do want kids are starting their families at an older age than used to be the case. They live in the city in the meantime. I live in a red state, but the city is blue. Anyone who doesn't "fit the mold" is better off living in town.

      I even know a handful of long-retired people who are re-thinking their decision to stay in their suburban homes. The city boasts one of the top teaching hospitals in the U.S. Support services for those with special needs are more readily available in the city. We have cultural amenities appealing to a variety of ages, interests and abilities. But you can't access any of that easily from the 'burbs with our crappy excuse for a public transportation system.

      The city school system is a hot mess so those with kids live in the 'burbs unless they can afford private school tuition. Everybody else is moving back to town in droves.


      Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

      by susanala on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 06:04:21 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, Gallagher noted this trend (1+ / 0-)
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      Folks raise the kids in the suburbs, but once the kids are gone, the empty-nesters, who generally are more affluent again with the cost of rearing kids off them—and generally at the height of their earning power—want to move back into cities where everything is walkable.

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