Tag: Suburbs

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Millennials are not opting for cities

Millennials are not opting for cities

As he often does, Joel Kotkin looks past wishful thinking to the numbers: It’s an idea echoed everywhere from “Friends” to “Girls”: Young pe ...
Quote of the day – America’s future is in the suburbs

Quote of the day – America’s future is in the suburbs

Advocates of the proposition that dense central cities are the way of the future have a few barriers to face – facts and consumer preferences. ...
Burbs going bust – dissembling with infographics version

Burbs going bust – dissembling with infographics version

The infographic has been craftily designed to convey a misleading picture of the relative state of cities and suburbs: The age of “sprawl” is e ...
A downturn in suburban rents, occupancy levels

A downturn in suburban rents, occupancy levels

"One month's free rent" signs dotted the roadside last week as I traversed Lake County on my way to Fox Lake. The signs registered more vividly t ...
The notion of inevitable suburban decline

The notion of inevitable suburban decline

I've been reading predictions of the imminent demise of the suburbs for nearly 50 years. The ever-provocative Joel Kotkin, an urban futurist, ...
Young city dwellers light out for the territory

Young city dwellers light out for the territory

Despite the best efforts of urbanists to civilize them into city living, America's young continue to opt for the suburbs, according to Joel Kotkin ...
Suburban Chicago rents – ups and downs

Suburban Chicago rents – ups and downs

The headline and the story at Crain's Chicago Real Estate Daily tell a tale of uniformly rising rents, declining vacancy rates and fewer concessio ...
In Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens, the fourth bedroom costs $200K

In Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens, the fourth bedroom costs $200K

Over at North Shore Views Anne West lists the homes for sale in Wilmette's Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood, an area that's long had a strong appea ...
Suburban Chicago rents up but incentives remain

Suburban Chicago rents up but incentives remain

The median net rent per square foot at suburban Chicago apartment complexes rose 7.4% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a ...

Quote of the day – suburbanizing Chicago

From an op-ed by Dennis Byrne in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune: A real "back-to-the-city" movement would require Emanuel — and city planners — to exa ...
3 of top 10 North Shore home sales found in Wilmette

3 of top 10 North Shore home sales found in Wilmette

North Shore Views just reported the 10 highest-priced sales on the North Shore during 2010. Three of them, surprisingly, were in Wilmette. Not ...
Yo’s guide to moving to Winnetka

Yo’s guide to moving to Winnetka

Winnetka is home to "the educated affluent," says Joe Zekas, a place with a largely unwarranted reputation when it comes to social snobbery and viewe ...

Suburban showcase: Where are taxes headed on that North Shore home?

Joe Zekas writes regularly about North Shore homes at the Homeward Bound - North Shore blog at ChicagoNow. There, he recently posted the following: P ...
Walking downtown Evanston with Grand Bend's Andy Kiener

Walking downtown Evanston with Grand Bend's Andy Kiener

Evanston is the nearest North Shore suburb from Chicago, and its downtown rivals almost any Chicago neighborhood as a classically urban environment. ...

Quote of the day: A recent history of rental concessions in Chicago's suburbs

Concessions were the marketing tool of choice to lure renters back to projects after the market began its decline in 2001. Our surveys indicated one f ...
Weighing WalkScores: Roscoe Village or Evanston?

Weighing WalkScores: Roscoe Village or Evanston?

Ask people what characteristic they most value in a city neighborhood and they'll often answer "walkability" or "pedestrian-friendliness." If walkab ...
From the vault: Rezko's residence and the CAGE of East Wilmette

From the vault: Rezko's residence and the CAGE of East Wilmette

Now that Tony Rezko's East Wilmette home is on the market, it's time to revisit this video from the YoNorthShore archive: a drive down Chestnut Aven ...
Suburban showcase: "Tuscan" living in Volo

Suburban showcase: "Tuscan" living in Volo

At many developments, you can beat the looming federal tax credit deadlines by purchasing a turnkey home, but you won't have much luck finding a pla ...
Holiday activities in Antioch

Holiday activities in Antioch

During the holiday season you'll find a variety of activities and events in downtown Antioch, courtesy of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and local ...
From the video vault: Wilmette's Christmas house

From the video vault: Wilmette's Christmas house

In 2006 Joe Zekas trained his video camera on one of Wilmette's favorite Christmas traditions, the Warren A. Perkins Memorial Christmas Display. Al ...
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