Monday, November 8, 2010

Article Says Economy/Other Factors Are Moving More People Toward Urban Areas

This article from MSN backs up a lot of things we've heard here at SRTC during the course of our Transportation Vision Project. The article talks about how demographic shifts and changing values will increase demand for pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities in both urban and suburban settings. The particular 'shifts' the author is talking about include the growth of two-person households, the need for the aging baby boomer population to have better access to services, and the current economy allowing less people to buy homes, meaning more people will live in apartments than in the past.

There are always going to be people who want to live on their acreage away from others, but do you see this movement toward more urban settings or do you think it's just a fad?

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