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Suburban Renewal: We Are The Trend




Recently our founding editor posted an item about his decision to leave the high-tax, high-crime city center of Columbia, S.C. for more economically hospitable climes (to the event such geographic locales exist anymore in South Carolina – or the United States).

Turns out he was – or is – part of a trend.

According to reporter Neil Shah of The Wall Street Journal, “the long tug of war between big cities and suburbs is tilting ever so slightly back to the land of lawns and malls. After two years of solid urban growth, more Americans are moving again to suburbs and beyond.”

Quoting 2012-13 numbers released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, Shah reports that “fourteen of the nation’s 20 biggest cities saw their growth slow or their populations fall outright.” And quoting Brookings Institution demographer William H. Frey, “just 18 of America’s 51 metropolitan areas with more than 1 million people had cities growing faster than their suburbs last year, down from 25 in 2012.”

Four years ago in the Journal‘s pages, Frey was trumpeting what he referred to as “bright flight” – i.e. “aspiring young adults who see access to knowledge-based jobs, public transportation and a new city ambiance.”

“A new image of urban America is in the making,” he claimed.


Cue Arcade Fire …