In an interview, real estate developer Christopher Leinberger talked about urban development. He said this isn't a city-versus-suburb issue. This is a walkable-urban versus drivable-suburban issue. Here's a snapshot: 30% to 40% of people want walkable urban space, 30% to 40% want drivable suburban, and 30% will accept either. The problem is that most metropolitan areas can't meet that demand (for walkable space). Hence the pent-up demand and price premium. He's working to organize the real estate developers and investors in the US to get behind a progressive transportation bill. The biggest battles in getting that done are the fights that everyone's used to fighting: cities versus suburbs, cars versus transit. You have to get beyond that. There are many baby boomers moving back downtown, but the real driver of cities is the millennial generation.
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