We’ve written before about how young families are increasingly seeking an urban lifestyle, though there are some challenges those parents may face (namely school choices). These preferences are particularly relevant to our region – while Montgomery County aims to attract more Millennials to this jurisdiction, a recent Streetsblog Capitol Hill article suggests that many of our neighbors in D.C. are worried about retaining them as they grow up and start having families.
Interestingly, both our article on young families and Streetsblog’s article end with the idea that where Millennials choose to live as parents will likely have a strong impact on how our communities are shaped – urban, suburban, and everything in between.
Streetsblog Capitol Hill author Tanya Snyder has this to say:
“When Millennials move to the suburbs — as undoubtedly some will — they’ll demand better suburbs than the ones they grew up in. They’ll want the urban amenities and transportation options they got used to in the cities [emphasis added]. That could put them on the front lines of retrofitting suburbia into a less car-dependent environment.”
With many urban amenities coming to the area and an already sought-after school system, White Flint is on the forefront of this movement.