The Demographic Inversion

September 11, 2008 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Tom Durning noted this article by Alan Ehrenhalt in The New Republic:

No American city looks like Vancouver at the moment. But quite a few are moving in this direction …

What makes it unusual–indeed, at this point unique in all of North America–is that roughly 20 percent of its residents live within a couple of square miles of each other in the city’s center. Downtown Vancouver is a forest of slender, green, condo skyscrapers, many of them with three-story townhouse units forming a kind of podium at the base. Each morning, there are nearly as many people commuting out of the center to jobs in the suburbs as there are commuting in. Two public elementary schools have opened in downtown Vancouver in the past few years. A large proportion of the city’s 600,000 residents, especially those with money, want to live downtown.

 

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