Cleveland’s inner city is growing faster than its suburbs as young adults flock downtown

By Robert L. Smith
Published: April 27, 2012

When a new job brought Stacey Brown to Cleveland from San Francisco two months ago, she went looking for an apartment downtown. Her manager told her that’s where young people were flocking. Sure enough, she found a full house.

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Why the ‘Back to the City’ Movement is not a Choice but a Necessity

By Isaac Kremer
Published: April 7, 2012
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Census data this week revealed how population growth in town and city centers outpaced that of suburbs for the first time in more than two decades. The timeliness of this news given the fact that the National Main Street Center held their Main Street Conference this week in Baltimore – where advocates from across the country got together to discuss strategies for revitalizing historic downtown areas – is an irony not easily lost on some.

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The End of Sprawl?

By Richard Florida
April 5, 2012

It just might be, according to today’s story in USA Today by Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg.

The story is built around a detailed analysis (supported by a terrific interactive map) of census data on population growth. The authors compared the data from 2006 with data from 2011.

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The Hottest Trends in Urban Housing

By Kaid Benfield
Published: April 4, 2012

I was privileged to participate along with some very smart urban thinkers in a recent program on the resilience of cities. The subject of the Great Recession came up, and I volunteered that the persistent economic slump had hurt both good and bad development. But I offered that it had hurt bad development (land-consuming, totally automobile-dependent subdivisions on the suburban edge) more than good, given that new, speculative development in sprawling outer locations had virtually ground to a halt.

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