Suburban Comeback Sneaks Up on America

Coming out of the 2008 recession led a trend of Americans shifting to urban living, and for logical reasons. After all, the housing market had just crashed; apartment living and construction was so much safer of an option. But now, for the first time in 3 years, suburbs are once again tipping the growth scale in their favor. 

Fourteen of the nation’s twenty largest cities have had slowing growth, and some have even had their populations fall. Technically, however, there is still more city growth across the nation, something that has never been seen historically. Since America’s founding, there has always been more people trying to escape the cities to a suburban life, especially post-World War II. But now, whether due to lifestyle choices or the economy, city growth and suburban growth are just about even.

As far as the effect on the economy goes, no one is quite sure whether city or suburban is better. City growth often leads to more industry and conventional business, while suburban often fosters innovation and out of the box thinking. While a good balance of both is key, a faster growth in one might spur the economy more than the other.

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Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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