Young adults are embracing a less car-centric and more urban lifesyle.
That’s the conclusion of an article in the latest issue of the Atlantic — which cites Evanston as one of a group of “urban light” communities with appeal the the Millenials — otherwise identified as young adults between roughly 21 and 34 years of age.
The transition is largely driven by economic concerns, the magazine says, with economic uncertainty and soaring college debt prompting the young to opt for a less-expensive lifestyle than the old suburban cul-de-sac.
It says suburbs that fit the urban light model have more density than most and revolve around a walkable town center, along with the draw of quality schools and readily accessible public transportation.
Many Millenials also tell researchers they want a home with a smaller footprint, that will be less expensive to maintain.