TheStreetcarWhisperer saidWait until gas prices go back up again. The exurb movement is dying and it won't be long until the economy rebounds and developers pounce on this new direction the market is taking. If areas want to stay relevant and desirable their #1 concern is going to be focusing on density and walkability. That means building up instead of out and investing in public transit. This generation of 20-somethings cares less about car ownership than any before and it is going to show up when they enter the housing market. That is a very good trend. I hope the twenty somethings of today stick to their guns and keep revitalizing cities and first ring suburbs alike. Hopefully this group will be the same one that puts a halt to all car centric development and helps us in efforts to halt any further expansion of the interstates and removal of superhighways that have altered or destroyed communities and expand public transportation and bike lanes. It is time to get away from cars, superhighways, shopping malls, and cookie cutter housing subdivisions and reinvest in our older communities particularly our central cities and first ring suburbs.
Shit, I could have sworn it was you who I was arguing with regarding the guy that was traveling from AZ to NY with your advice to take I-40 to I-81 and my advice to get off of the damn interstates as much as possible for the two lanes.
"developers pounce on this new direction the market is taking."
Past tense I hope?
You ought to see what's happening here downtown with the amazing changes over even the last five years with both new construction and re-purposing existing properties and buildings. Although I haven't seen it for several years, I know the same is going on south of downtown LA in the warehouse district. Now question that all of this is going in the right direction.
Difference here is that we still have lots of development going on in the outer ring suburbs and exurbs. I.E. Columbus is building all the way north to Delaware, but downtown is where the action is .... no question.