My current research focus is on urban renewal and I am analyzing whether millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) are self selecting into dense, urban environments where walking, biking, and public transportation are the primary modes of transportation. I have found some promising evidence including a shift to smaller families which makes urban living more practical and some evidence from Baltimore showing that millennials are indeed migrating to denser, urban neighborhoods within the city.
Brad Plumer brought this report to my attention via the marginal revolution blog and it is further evidence that my hypothesis that young people will revive city centers in the near future is correct.
From the article:
–More younger people are living in transit-oriented areas.
Younger Americans appear to be more likely to live in denser,
transit-oriented neighborhoods. Brooklyn, say. Surveys suggest that
young people “prefer to live places where they can easily walk, bike,
and take public transportation.”
Ecological concerns play a small role too, judging from survey data:
“Some young people purposely reduce their driving in an effort to curb
their environmental impact.”