Great piece by .@Kaid_at_NRDC...Traditional Downtowns Reconsidered: Some Further Thoughts #urbanrenewal #design

Great piece by .@Kaid_at_NRDC...Traditional Downtowns Reconsidered: Some Further Thoughts #urbanrenewal #design

By citing with approval Aaron Renn’s observation that baby boomers view downtowns differently from younger generations, I certainly didn’t mean to incite any kind of inter-generational verbal warfare. Some of the comments, both on the article and on Twitter, though, suggested that a few people were ready to engage if I were. One commenter made it clear he wanted no part of the kind of centralized, but car-dependent downtown shopping experience that baby boomers once enjoyed. (For what it's worth, there probably was less residential walkability downtown in the 1960s but transit ridership nationally claimed a greater mode share then than now.) Someone commenting under the name “alurin” (?) wrote, “But isn't it the Boomers themselves who helped to destroy the old downtowns, by moving out to the suburbs and shopping at the malls?”

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/21142...

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