11 December 2007

Transition to City Difficult Once Family Established

An email from a reader got me thinking this morning about how difficult it is to move into the city once you establish your family in a suburb. I think most of us who are downtown, have grown into living here through incremental steps in our lives.

If you live on the westside and move to the eastside it may be traumatic, but your everyday life will not change much. You will still have a driveway, garage, backyard etc. Before kids, I figured out where to park, established myself in the community and found friends here for support. Once kids arrive, parents get very cautious, and no big changes are easy.

This relates to the Kotkin article mentioned on this blog last week. It is much much harder to get an established family to move to the city than it is to keep the young couples, just starting families.

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