After years and years (and years) of fleeing cities for the suburbs, Americans have reportedly begun to reverse the trend, and are moving back downtown. While young professionals are leading the charge, empty nesters and retirees have also joined in. A few of the advantages of living in an apartment or condo downtown:
– Less traffic, shorter (if any) commute
– No lawn care
– Restaurants that are just a short walk away
– Leisure activities (movies, plays, concerts, pro sports, etc.) are all nearby
– Comparatively poor schools
And from my perspective, living in a ‘concrete jungle’ is more than a little depressing. Then again, so is a monster commute. My solution? Move to a smaller town.
Anyway, while crime rates have fallen dramatically over the past 15 years, the latest stats have city managers concerned, as they reveal an increase in the violent crime rate. While it’s small in terms of percentages (2.5%), it’s the first increase since 2001, and some cities (Houston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas) saw substantial increases in their murder rates.