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Book Review

Saturday, 21 September, 2013 10:32 PM

'The End of the Suburbs' is definitely worth the money

Book cover credit: Portfolio Hardcover

"The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving" is available in bookstores everywhere.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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For a 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.

Many young 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.

Gallagher 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.

This trend 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.

One statistic 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 commute.

Also the 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.

Yes, I 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.

I would recommend this book as I thoroughly enjoyed the startling statistics.

OVERALL RATING: A

The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving is available in bookstores everywhere.

ISBN# 978-1591845256 / Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover / Released: August 1, 2013 / Hardcover: 272 pages

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An excerpt from "The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving"

 

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