Despite Suburban Revival, Urban Centers Are Still Growing

May 26, 2017

A recent op-ed in the The New York Times said that suburbs are growing faster than cities, and the density of most metro areas are decreasing.

Joe Cortright of CityLab argues that city centers are still thriving. He says the outlying parts of some cities, such as Chicago, are losing population, but the neighborhoods closest to the centers are booming. College-educated adults flock to the densest parts of cities to find well-paying jobs.

Cortright also says that sprawling Sun Belt cities skewed the density data, and that when examined over the course of a decade, suburban growth rates have declined, while urban growth rates have surged.

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