half a century, census data reveals a shift from the suburbs to
the larger cities. Author Leigh Gallagher reveals in her book
that in the wake of the Great Recession, housing values have held
up far better in cities as opposed to the suburbs. Building activity
has also increased in cities and slowed down in the suburbs.
people, or so-called millennials, are either still living with
their parents or when they move, they move to the urban areas.
Some teenagers are delaying getting their driver's licenses. Even
then, they are driving less. The price of gas may have something
to do with it. As energy prices have climbed, so has the cost
of the suburban commute. Young people are choosing to live in
urban areas where they are able to walk within the community anywhere
they need to go.
presents illuminating statistics on the changing American Dream.
Younger generations prefer being single or married with no children.
They want a community where they are not car-dependent and everything
is within walking or biking distance. This will mean better, stronger,
happier and healthier communities for everyone, according to Gallagher.
will slowly change over the years, she believes. It doesn't mean
that it will be the end of the suburbs, but a preference to the
vibrant city life. In this book, she reveals why. We'll see what
the future brings.
read that in 2003, suburban households spent $1,422 on gasoline
and by 2008 it has risen to nearly $3,000 due to the suburban
obesity rate for our younger generation is alarming and overweight
children has doubled since 1980 and for teens it has tripled.
These numbers parallel a drop in physical activity. In 1969, roughly
half the children walked or biked to school, but today that figure
is less than 15 percent.
think it is worth the money. It is really easy to understand,
and puts the words in layman's terms. It did not talk about Detroit,
surprisingly. The book mentioned the suburban malls in a lot of
larger cities have closed now, and are moving to the inner cities.
recommend this book as I thoroughly enjoyed the startling statistics.
OVERALL RATING: A
End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving is
available in bookstores everywhere.
978-1591845256 / Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover / Released: August
1, 2013 / Hardcover: 272 pages
Brokaw offers solutions to America's challenges in 'The Time of
Credit: Portfolio Hardcover
excerpt from "The End of the Suburbs: Where the American
Dream Is Moving"