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Comments Off on What Do Americans Want Out of Their Neighborhoods?
The latest poll from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), released in late October, focused on Americans’ housing and community preferences. It seems that Americans prefer mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods over subdivisions that require driving as the main source of transportation when they have a choice.
Robert Steuteville points out in his Better!… Read More
Comments Off on Children living in smart growth neighborhoods get more exercise
A study from the University of California, Berkeley found that children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, which include parks/green space and encourage active travel, get 46% more moderate or vigorous physical activity than children who live in conventionally designed neighborhoods. This number translates to about 10 more minutes of physical activity each day.… Read More
Comments Off on Better ways to get to school: are we there yet?
Part of Reconnecting America’s report Are We There Yet? sheds light on how children (and their parents) get to daycare and school, and the ramifications of these options – or lack thereof. In a section titled “Safe Routes to School,” the authors explain that only 13 percent of children walk or bike to school today, compared to nearly 50% in 1969; parents cited schools being far away, traffic safety, and crime as major concerns.… Read More
Comments Off on What will Millennials do for our cities and suburbs? White Flint may be the place to find out.
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.… Read More
Comments Off on The Today Show asks, “Is America seeing ‘The End of The Suburbs’?”
Last week the Today Show featured a book by Leigh Gallagher titled The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving. In her book Gallagher points to a number of social and economic trends that contribute to the increasing preference for an urban lifestyle including the rise of energy prices, an increasing awareness of environmental issues, lengthy commutes, and a preference for a livelier neighborhood with a sense of community.… Read More
Comments Off on Complete streets should include room for strollers
We’ve written multiple times about how aspects of New Urbanism, such as walkable neighborhoods close to transit and smaller housing units without a huge lawn to maintain, appeals to many Millennials and Baby Boomers alike. It may be easier to understand how this lifestyle appeals to young adults without children and empty-nesters.… Read More
Comments Off on Larger apartments could draw families to White Flint
We’ve noted before that a growing number of families are interested in urban living, whether to be closer to work, to be less reliant on driving, or to give their kids more exposure and independence. However, apartments or condominiums big enough for families can be hard to find, even in areas like White Flint with lots of new construction.… Read More
Comments Off on Young families seeking urban living face new challenges
More and more Millennials, or young adults in their 20’s and early 30’s, are choosing to live in urban areas. Unlike their parents, however, they don’t want to leave when they have kids. While families seeking the urban lifestyle may face some challenges, there are huge opportunities for places that can convince them to stick around.… Read More