Inward momentum: Residential growth in American center cities

[Source: Steve Davis, Smart Growth Around America] — You’ve probably seen some of the anecdotal evidence in newspaper stories or other outlets recently about how many center cities have experienced a resurgence of residential growth within their borders over the last 10 to 20 years.  Many of us had wondered if there had been any systematic examination of building permit trends to document the anecdotal evidence we’ve all seen and heard about “inward momentum” toward the core in many metro regions. 

But it didn’t appear that anyone had measured the data to see if the facts bear out with the anecdotal evidence.  John Thomas at EPA’s smart growth division picked up the challenge, and EPA just released his results in “Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions.”  [Note: To read the rest of the blog entry, click here.]

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