Driverless Cars to Fuel Suburban Sprawl

But wait, you might say, don’t millennials prefer to live in cities? That is widely believed, but not true, according to Jed Kolko, former chief economist at real-estate site Trulia. Not only do 66% of millennials tell pollsters they want to live in the suburbs, they are moving there, as population growth in suburbs outstrips growth in cities.

“Millennials with kids in school, that’s children 6 and older, are actually less urban today than the same age group was 15 years ago,” says Mr. Kolko.

This points to an important fact often overlooked by the people—primarily in dense coastal cities—who write about the impact of self-driving cars: About half of Americans live in, and are perfectly fine with, suburbs.

WUT? I thought the new generation all love city living?

I have wondered about this. Will the hills be big again in 20 years? Land does sound nice but I do think the suburbs (depending on the suburb) can offer a great neighborhood/community for young kids that is probably hard to have if each neighbor is spread out by several acres.

Density is great when you’re single. You want to meet new people. It’s way easier to find sexual partners in a higher density area. Once people marry, then the suburbs fit their lifestyle better.

The hills are bargain priced…huge discount for low walk scores…an imbalance that will swing the other way…

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The Hayward hills are especially cheap…

Come on… what are smart phones + for??

& if one is already married there is where 85% are/were males :grinning:

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Yeah, but you’d have to drive a distance to meet up with the person. Why do all that hassle when you can walk a few blocks?

Thaat is true… but

  1. in evenings Bay Area traffic is surprisingly fast. 20 miles/15 mins
  2. & in addition gas prices are cheaap.
  3. & then there are further tech innovations which reduces Drives & increases Rides - Uber/Lyft…


But on the other hand gotta pay for the rent/mortgage if stay in high density good area

So, yeah it all balances out. :laughing:

*This is a non serious post

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It did say “married with kids”.

Which is not “I have some free time tonight to go to the bar and meet chicks.” It’s “I have three kids to tuck into bed, read books to, and then a spouse I might have to talk to all before I can get some sleep.”

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