Posts Tagged ‘suburbs’

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Sat Jun 26th 2010 at 12:27pm UTC

Urban Family Land

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Families are coming back to the city according to this New York Times report. Big apartments – with three to five bedrooms – are all “the rage,” says the Times, as families rediscover New York City living. Money quote:

“The new Bergen County or Westchester County is now the West Village and the Upper West or Upper East Sides,” Darren Sukenik, a managing director at the New York real estate firm Prudential Douglas Elliman, told the Times. “Big families are back, and nobody wants to move to suburbia. It’s the antithesis of what our parents did.”

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Sat Mar 7th 2009 at 10:35am UTC

D.C. – NY’s Biggest Suburb?

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

I say:

Part of Washington, D.C.’s resurgence is not just that it’s a government town and has AOL high-tech. DC in a very real way has become a suburb of New York. And a lot of the media and broadcast — NPR functions that are there, XM Radio, many of the documentary film producers, many of the writers for The New York Times — have actually relocated [to DC] because of the affordability and connectivity.

Washingtonian reacts:

Urban Studies theorist Richard Florida calls Washington a suburb of New York City. Let the outrage begin.

Urban Turf clarifies:

In all seriousness, clearly Florida does not mean suburb in the conventional sense. And his point is an interesting one: technology enables some of New York’s elite to call D.C. home.


Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri May 30th 2008 at 8:34am UTC

Model Suburb?

Friday, May 30th, 2008

As they swell, the suburbs are changing. Perhaps none ever quite resembled the
colourless domestic enclaves popularised by 1970s television programmes such as
“The Brady Bunch”; now, they look nothing at all like them. America’s suburbs
are ethnically and demographically mixed—sometimes more so than its cities. Many
are less dormitories than economic powerhouses.

This is from an interesting, if somehow conflicted, Economist article on America’s suburbs.  As I point out in WYC, there is no one suburban model.  Close-in suburbs on  transit links in and around “super-star cities” are likely to fare very, very well. Far-off exurbs, not so much. Suburbs come in many styles and “flavors.”  There are strollervilles, boho-burgs, family lands, new urbias, exurbs – the list goes on and on. Beyond this, there are real economic drivers that are transforming suburbia. One is of course rising fuel costs.  There are more options out there for “living” and tastes and preferences are changing and becoming more differentiated by group and across life-stage. One size no longer fits just about everyone.  And as I’ve stated here before, in  the idea-driven creative economy, time or “opportunity” costs increasingly matter to location choice.  A very interesting ongoing transformation indeed – one which is far from over.