In this book readers get to be flies on the walls during meetings of four planners, making us rethink what we thought we knew about suburbs. The planners are fictional, the concepts based on academic research, and the arguments substantiated by large amounts of data presented as visually stunning maps and data visualizations. The book offers an accessible yet rigorous account of “suburbanisms” as particular ways of living, demonstrating that aspects of this lifestyle occur simultaneously in urban and suburban places. The approach suggests that policy solutions to suburban problems such as sprawl need to move beyond treating suburbs as homogeneous places in need of urbanization.
Youthification: the new kid on the block
The purpose of this report is to summarize the state of the literature on the factors that brought about changes in young adults’ residential location patterns. The report outlines the various explanations for the increasing concentration of young adults in central areas, dubbed “youthification”. It points to housing market and regulatory changes as well as demographic and broader macro economic transitions that have contributed to increases in inner city redevelopment and intensification.
More information about this project is available of the Generationed City website. You can also explore changes in young adult settlement in Canada between 1981 and 2011 here at the link.