Empty Nesters Moving Back To The City

Baby boomers who moved out of cities when they had kids, are now moving back.
December 13, 2004, 12pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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Drawn to the suburbs by larger yards and better schools, Baby Boomers moved out of cities upon starting familes. Now that their kids have left home, there is a trend for baby boomers to move back to cities so they can walk, shop, and once again have a sense of community in where they live."Larry and Wendy Barnet grew up in Albany, but chose to move to Bethlehem for the education of their three children. Two years ago, their children grown, they moved back.'There was a big mistake in the suburbs that everything was zoned residential,' he said. 'In this city, there is a mix of residential and shops. That's cool. We just love the city, we love neighbors who are close by, having sidewalks to walk on and stores to walk to. There's a certain critical mass of people that's sort of fun.'"

Thanks to Sam Gold

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Published on Monday, December 13, 2004 in Times Union
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