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How can big, hip cities attract young families?

Aug 2, 2013

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A family walks by the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2013 on the Liberty Island in New York City.; Credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

Think Manhattan or San Francisco and the images that come up are young, hip urbanites living life up. But author Joel Kotkin says cities shouldn’t only be a playground for the young. He argues in a City Journal piece that in order for cities to continue to thrive economically and culturally, they must draw young families out of the suburbs and back to urban areas.

Which means they need to create affordable urban neighborhoods with good schools, safe streets, nice parks and more. Is this premise valid? Can the young, upwardly-mobile creative class sustain urban growth just as well? If you are married with kids, have you ever considered moving to a place like downtown Los Angeles?

Guests:

Joel Kotkin, who has co-written a piece titled “The Childless City” for the City Journal, a quarterly magazine put out by the Manhattan Institute. He is also the author of “The City: A Global History” (Modern Library, 2006)

Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology at New York University, and author of “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone” (Penguin 2012)

     

 

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