“Fast-growing suburban areas have been hit harder by foreclosure, while rising gas prices and “livability” are attracting people to the cities.
One of the things that has happened with this great recession is the re-emergence of cities,” Debbage said. “I have seen it all over the country. You have seen two decades of rampant suburbanization. Now you are seeing a return to old-fashioned urbanization.
Younger people are leading the way back to the center of the city, Debbage said.
Metro Raleigh ranked fifth nationally in percentage growth from 2010 to 2011, while Charlotte ranked 28th.”
Nancy McFarlane: “Raleigh is THE fastest growing city in North Carolina, and we are expecting hundreds of thousands of new residents over the coming decades. How will we accommodate growth and maintain our healthy, vibrant community that makes us attractive to businesses and families? Quality planning that meets the market demands of the 21st century workforce is imperative. Young, educated professionals seek cities that are walkable, offer transit options and affordable workforce housing choices. Your support for quality growth rules and involvement in public planning processes are critical! Learn more about how you can play a role in planning the future of our city by visiting Raleigh’s news and events page.”