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Connections: Discussing the city vs. suburb horse race

Aug 28, 2018

In a recent post for the Urban Phoenix, blogger Arian Horbovetz wrote about how the impermanence and flexibility of urban centers are drawing more residents, especially millennials. He says young Americans are seeking out apartments, shared public spaces, food trucks, and mobile tech over homes in the suburbs, traditional restaurants, and office jobs.

What does the data say about the so-called city vs. suburb horse race? A Brookings Institute report shows a trend toward a renewed suburban advantage. But that data is nuanced and there are questions and issues to consider like total population growth vs. urban growth booms within cities, zoning laws, and more.

So, do Americans want to live in cities? Our guests weigh in: