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For Discussion: Why Are More Millennials Choosing the Suburbs?

A trio of journalists gathers to discuss statistics that show the trends of U.S. population growth has shifted to suburban areas.
August 29, 2017, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"After years of excited talk about the comeback of America’s cities, evidence has been piling up in recent months that the suburbs are doing much better, with even those quirky-but-ubiquitous millennials now moving there in large numbers and buying SUVs," according to the premise of a recent Bloomberg View article.

That premise offers Justin Fox, Conor Sen, and Noah Smith with an opportunity to participate in a discussion about the causes and consequences of the recent resurgence of the suburbs.

The discussion touches on some familiar theories to explain the recent growth of the suburbs: 1) housing choices of the last decade (and mobility choices) were a symptom of a sluggish economy, 2) Millennials might be moving the suburbs not out of choice, but necessity (born of suburban-focused policies on transportation and development), 3) suburbs are increasingly adopting urban models of development, and 4) changes in employment and industry are driving urban growth, but urban land use policies don't allow housing construction to keep pace with job growth.

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Published on Friday, August 25, 2017 in Bloomberg
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