Suburbs everywhere are about to get pretty empty. That’s according to Leigh Gallagher, author of the new book “The End of Suburbs.” In her book, Gallagher says, forget the dream of a house with a white picket fence in the ‘burbs. Instead, people want a condo in the city. And new statistics back it up.
For the the first time in a century, more people are choosing city life over suburban life. Gallagher says that suburbs simply don’t have the same magic they used to. They were originally created after World War II, when there was a huge housing shortage. But over the last few decades, suburbs have transformed from quaint, close-knit communities to sprawling subdivisions, complete with McMansions, giant boulevards that make walking to the store or school impossible, and supersize commutes. In fact, people in suburbs spend an average of one hour a day commuting.
Millennials have no interest in that. Studies show many are car-less, and expect to be able to walk from their houses to restaurants, the gym, or grocery store. Millennials also want to develop close ties with their neighbors, which is often hard in suburbs, where everyone is spread out, drives everywhere, and mostly keeps to themselves.