Monday, January 21, 2008

Where are people going to move?

Sometimes I wonder which way population will go, in toward cities or away. On the one hand, you might think people can stay more connection with phones and internet, and so don't need to be as close to people as they once did. At my work you can work from wherever you want on Fridays for example. This might suggest people would go to cheaper areas so they can have more space for instance. Why rent in Manhattan when you can call from Montana?

But on the other hand, increasing technology and decreasing free time means proximity gains value, especially in terms of non-work interactions. I love living on a busy street full or restaurants and things to do.

This article says the number of people migrating to rural areas is increasing.
Affluent retirees and other high-income types have descended on these remote areas, creating new demand for amenities like interior-design stores, spas and organic markets. For many communities, it's the biggest change since the interstate highway system came barreling through in the 1960s and 1970s.

1 Comments:

OpenID nathanpbell said...

Here's an article touching on that subject that's floating around my industry this week

http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/magazine/16-02/st_essay

12:37 AM  

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