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News Update: Declining Home Values in Chinese Suburbs

The prices of suburban homes in the Chinese mega-cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou all fell between 30 and 50 percent from July to September. See chart below: also: Private equity company Blackstone is investing over $1 billion in suburbs across Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando and Tampa. Yet another take on the growing poverty in […]

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News Update: The Future of Suburban Housing

In a detailed article on suburban housing designs, the consensus is clear: “the problems of affordable housing, sustainable development and the fate of suburban single-family neighborhoods are more pressing than ever.” Suburban housing, at present, is too spacious and wasteful — while the answer lies in higher density, multi-use neighborhoods. The article is better suited […]

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News Update: Saving Mass Transit in Seattle’s King County

State and city budget cuts are no friend of mass transit. Providence, RI and other larger cities have entertained the possibilities of cutting bus services all together. Suburban areas are also at risk. Kings County Metro in suburban Seattle (the 12th largest transit provider in the U.S.) recently faced significant cuts after four rounds of […]

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News Update: White Flight to American Cities

Suburbanization in the United States began as a middle and upper-class white movement towards the periphery. While the suburbs have experienced an increase in diversity over the last fifty years, the prevailing stereotypes—that of a poor, minority dominated inner city and affluent white periphery—have remained largely intact. Cities are undergoing a transformation, however, as affluent […]

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News Update: The Decentralization of Middle-Aged Workers

In a comparison of people aged 25 to 34 in the 2000 census to the same group ten years later (aged 35 to 44 in 2010), the cohort’s presence in suburbia has increased by 12 percent. The same group has experienced a decrease of 22.7 percent in the urban core.  In terms of real population […]

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News Update: A Brookings Report on the Evolving Landscape of Suburbia

A Brookings Institute conference looks at the evolving landscape of American suburbia. The 2010 U.S. Census reveals that both cities and suburbs are growing at a smaller rate than in the 1990s. The relationship between city and suburban growth within a metropolitan area remains correlated. In other words, the “metropolitan-wide population change—increase, decrease, or stagnation—continue[s] […]

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News Update: The Aging United States Suburbs

The 2010 U.S. Census shows that suburbia is becoming increasingly older, as 40% of suburban residents in the United States are over 45 years old—up from 34% just a decade ago. The trend is not isolated to the suburbs, however, as city residents over 45 years of age has increased from 31% to 35% in the same time […]

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News Update: United States Population Trends

The 2010 census shows that only 8.6% of population growth—in metro areas with over one million people—occurred in the city cores. Only Boston, Providence, and Oklahoma City experienced faster growth in the city center, while the suburbs are now home to 6 out of 10 Americans. In terms of demographics, suburban minorities have risen from 5% to […]

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