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Crain’s deeply misleading article on Lincoln Park’s population
Today's Crain's brings this apparently-startling statistic: Indeed, just a few miles from the heart of the Loop lies a neighborhood that, despi [...]
YoChicago’s October, 2014 audience reach
According to our server logs, YoChicago reached nearly 94,700 unique visitors in October. That's a 10% decline from the more than 104,000 visitors we [...]
Where Chicago’s 25- to 34-year olds cluster
According to 2010 US Census data, 25- to 34-year olds accounted for 13.4% of the nation's population and 17.97% of the City of Chicago's. That tra [...]
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 [...]
The Millennials are coming, perhaps
One of the few things you can say for certain about the Millennial Generation is that its membership is huge in number. Beyond the sheer size [...]
Does that apartment building have only one bookend?
The term "bookends" takes on a different meaning if you're visiting a furniture store or talking to the marketing staff at an apartment complex. [...]
Are mom and dad moving to Wicker Park?
Several months ago The Wall Street Journal weighed in on the topic of baby boomers moving to trendy New York neighborhoods: Hip urban neighbo [...]
Downtown Chicago’s boomer bust
Joel Kotkin, writing at newgeography, argues that the oft-reported back-to-the-city trend among empty nesters is a myth: Perhaps no urban legen [...]
The gender gap in high-rise apartments
According to the US Census Bureau Chicago's population is 51.5% female. That's higher than the statewide average of 51% despite Chicago's elderly [...]
Chicago ranks 20th for high-income educated young women
When I was in high school, a reminder that "the light at the end of the tunnel is Jersey City" was richly ironic. Now that light, according to [...]
Are empty nesters flocking to downtown Chicago?
I've been hearing about what I call the "mythical empty-nester" for more than 30 years now. At newgeography.com Wendell Cox counters an empty n [...]
The senior sell-off – next housing crisis or hysterical hype?
A post at The Atlantic Cities suggests a looming mismatch between the number of aging baby boomers looking to sell homes and the number of buyers [...]
Will you be living in a lakefront NORC?
The New York Times recently focused on the changes that changing demographics have wrought in some Upper West Side buildings: When the co-op co [...]
Chicago was the biggest loser in net domestic migration
From newgeography.com: For all the talk of how the Great Recession has driven people — particularly the “footloose young” — toward dense urban [...]
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. [...]
A question for Why Berwyn is Berwyn, ¿por qué?
Berwyn's "Integrated Marketing Campaign" is in its sixth year and, according to the Berwyn Development Corporation: … the 2012 campaign continu [...]
Is Chicago a second-rate city?
Aaron Renn, who styles himself the Urbanophile, poses that question at City Journal and his answer seems to be: "In many ways it's a third-rate ci [...]
Curiously-priced new construction in Garfield Ridge
The demographics of Chicago's Garfield Ridge neighborhood have been changing rapidly. From 2000 to 2010 Garfield Ridge lost nearly 20% of its Whit [...]
From Yo’s archives – Bucktown’s elementary schools
Five years ago today we featured a video on the paradox of Bucktown elementary schools. The paradox or, more accurately, the anomaly? Bucktown' [...]
Quote of the day – geezer home markdowns and new urbanist buzz
Our quote comes from Walter Russell Mead's rumination on the Millennial generation and housing: At the end of the day, the nation’s housing st [...]
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