Like Bees to Honey, Jobs follow Workers to Cities

The urban planning think tank, City Observatory recently reported that city centers have seen a surge in employment growth between 2007 through 2011, just before, during and after the 2008 economic meltdown. These new jobs demonstrate that dense urban spaces are reflective of a continual movement towards both living and working in cities.

In the past, reverse commutes were on the rise. This forced workers to leave urban life daily, for work opportunities outside the city. Now the opposite is true. Companies have found their way to cities, allowing for a more balanced work/life schedule for employees and employers.

Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times, reports on this urban renewal, which poses many interesting questions. If now that American cities are “reshaping their urban core as places people want to live…whether these benefits will apply to everyone – or just to high earners.”

What do you think?  Share your thoughts/observations below.



Read NY Times article 

Read City Observatory Report on Urban Renewal 


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