And for a lot of people, the appeal never left. What happens when we say "we told you so," but by then, Central Planners have screwed up all the nice places with high density TOD fiascos.? Small town suburbia is a way of life that is often maligned, but that we like it anyway.
I bet those developers, consultants, and people making money off rthe Smart Growth craze don't live in mixed-use apartments in "vibrant" downtowns; I bet most of them live in the suburbs.
Note: Wendell Cox who writes for the Wall Street Journal and NewGeography, and has a website, "Demogrqphia," argues (with data) that net gain in population in the suburbs has exceeded that of urban areas for years. Previous posts have featured his columns. People have been moving to the city in large numbers, but the backflow has been just as big or bigger. As more urbanites have families and can qualify for home loans, expect this trend to continue.
Suburbs Regain Their Appeal
Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2014. By Neil Shah
More Americans Returning to the Land of Lawns and Malls, Census Data Show