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Walkable Neighborhoods are Top Priority for Millennials & Baby Boomers

Walk able Grand Rapids

Growing numbers of Americans young and old prefer to live in communities where stores, schools, parks, service and public transportation are within walking distance.

With the release of a new report by the Regional Plan Association, it’s clear millennials and baby boomers can agree on one thing: walkability.

Housing preferences in Amerca are changing. Millennials are pulling away or avoiding  auto-oriented, single-family suburbs in search of denser, more diverse neighborhoods, whether in large cities, older suburbs or transit-oriented villages. Their parents, the Baby Boomer Generation now in their 50s and 60s, are increasingly seeking to downsize to the same types of walkable neighborhoods as they age. Yet the supply of mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods with character is too limited to respond to these changing preferences.

56% of millennials and 46% of baby boomers prefer to live in more walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods.

Read the full article about this shift via Strong Towns.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.