Congratulations, Your City Is Dying! by @BurghDiaspora

In general, a declining population translates into a dying place. For a place (city or nation-state), dying can also refer to the aging of the overall population. If everyone is too old to work, then who will pay for the health care? Save the wildcard of migration, more deaths than births is an existential threat. “Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries “: “Higher fertility imposes large costs on families because it is they, rather than governments, that bear most of the costs of raising children. Also, a growing labor force has to be provided with costly capital such as factories, office buildings, transportation and housing,” said UC Berkeley demographer Ronald Lee, an author of the far-reaching study to be published Oct. 10 in the journal, Science. “Instead of trying to get people to have more children, governments should adjust their polic...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1006826

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