Of the following, which do you feel are the most significant drivers of the back-to-the-big-city trend? (choose up to 3)

For the first decade since the 1920s, folks are flocking to big cities rather than retreating to the 'burbs.

At the beginning of the shift, a Brooking’s report found that “declining crime statistics, falling unemployment rates, balanced municipal budgets, and a resurgence in downtown living have cities across the country claiming that they are in the midst of a renaissance.” Add increases in big-city job growth and it’s little wonder that, in 2010/2011, more than half of the country’s 51 largest metropolitan areas saw greater population growth within city limits than in their suburbs.

Of the following, which do you feel are the most significant drivers of this back-to-the-big-city trend? (choose up to 3)

Minimized commute
65% (129 votes)
Downtown redevelopment initiatives
52% (103 votes)
Availability of public transit
42% (83 votes)
Major metro job growth
29% (58 votes)
Concentration of tourism draws (proximity of museums, sports venues etc.)
28% (55 votes)
Declining crime rates
21% (41 votes)
Falling unemployment rates
9% (18 votes)
Balanced municipal budgets
2% (4 votes)
Total voters: 199

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on Jul 15, 2014

Baby Boomers averaged less numbers of children progressively through their era. With this decline and efficient equipment available, taking care of the home place was do able. Even though most families were two income, with the cooperation of the children a family of four could maintain two or three acres of landscape with a 2500 to 3500 SQ FT home/w pool! Now the children are raised and moving into their own homes. Or maybe they are moving back with parents because it is more affordable and boomers realize an liability to say no. In either situation downsizing returns the result sought. Many elderly communities are developing to service this need for maintenance free living accommodations at reasonable cost. City's are revitalizing old abandoned properties for re-purposing and expansion of the boomer populations needs.
The Millinials are looking for the same level of housing to serve a different purpose. They are motivated by a need to invest time in a career. To do this a need for minimul time at home and/or home employment are taking away from the desire to invest in real property needing constant maintenance. Even the idea that anything can be hired out becomes undesirable when considering the unsupervised work by strangers. Every one is working, one job with maximum hours or multiple jobs with varying work hour schedules over the 24 hour day. The 40 hour week no longer exist.
For this reason, probably more often than not, of needing less time spent on maintenance and more time spent working or retiring, persons of all ages are moving back to the cities vacated during the last half of the twentieth century.

on Jun 16, 2014

I think the most significant driver is demographics. Both Baby Boomers and Millinials are moving into the cities but for very different reasons. However, it's demographics.

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