January 25, 2017

WHY WOULD YOU STAY ONCE YOU FIND A SPOUSE?:

Peak Millennial? Cities Can't Assume a Continued Boost From the Young (Conor Dougherty, Jan. 23rd, 2017, NY Times)



Dowell Myers, a professor of demography and urban planning at the University of Southern California, recently published a paper that noted American cities reached "peak millennial" in 2015. Over the next few years, he predicts, the growth in demand for urban living is likely to stall.

The flow of young professionals into Philadelphia has flattened, according to JLL Research, while apartment rents have started to soften in a number of big cities because of a glut of new construction geared toward urban newcomers who haven't arrived. Apartment rents in San Francisco, Washington, Denver, Miami and New York are moderating or even declining from a year ago, according to Zillow.

"Certainly the softening of rents is one sign that they are not coming in at the pace that people thought they would," said Diane Swonk, an independent economist in Chicago.

The debate is full of contours and caveats, but it really boils down to this: Are large numbers of millennials really so enamored with city living that they will age and raise families inside the urban core, or will many of them, like earlier generations, eventually head to the suburbs in search of bigger homes and better school districts?

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