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About that urban renaissance

Ted Balaker
May 16, 2006, 5:29pm

Continue reading Joel Kotkin's article, The Ersatz Urban Renaissance, here. Bonus bit: Open most any newspaper's metro section and sooner or later you'll find an article that touts the supposed rebirth of various urban centers. Often the authors say empty-nesters just can't wait to get back to the city. This is true in some cases, but, like the urban renaissance meme in general, it's overstated. Consider leisure time. I can't recall the exact figures, but one of empty-nesters favorite activities is gardening and it's much easier to tend to the begonias in the suburbs.

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