Urbanist and popular writer Richard Florida maintains that the rush to the inner city has abated.
This professor disagrees:
A few weeks ago, Richard Florida wrote in the New York Times that the ‘urban tide has crested.” In support of this claim, he cites the Brookings Institution’s compilation of data discussing 2016 Census estimates.
But if you look more closely at the data (at Table 1 in the Brookings article), it tells a more modest tale. First, it shows that the overwhelming majority of central cities are still growing: in 50-plus metro areas examined, only 13 central cities lost population. If you had told your average scholar in 1980 that 80 percent of central cities would be gaining population a few decades later, he or she probably would have suggested psychiatric help. In the 20 largest metro areas, central cities declined in only three—Chicago, plus the always-declining St. Louis and Detroit. Even long-suffering Snow Belt cities like Cincinnati and Philadelphia gained population.
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