Childless cities

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1 2013 2:15 p.m. MDT

Associated Press

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Over the last half century, cities have gone from bastions of familialism — places where families were raised and prospered — to practically childless, or so Joel Kotkin and Ali Modarres at City Journal Magazine claim.

“Families abandoned cities for the suburbs, driven away by policies that failed to keep streets safe, allowed decent schools to decline, and made living spaces unaffordable. Even the partial rebirth of American cities since then hasn’t been enough to lure families back,” they claim. The collapse of urbanization in the latter half of the 20th century in favor of suburbanization has led the once family-friendly cities to become almost entirely void of families, being replaced by singles and childless couples.

“The much-ballyhooed and self-celebrating 'creative class' — a demographic group that includes not only single professionals but also well-heeled childless couples, empty nesters, and college students — occupies much of the urban space once filled by families. Increasingly, our great American cities, from New York and Chicago to Los Angeles and Seattle, are evolving into playgrounds for the rich, traps for the poor, and way stations for the ambitious young en route eventually to less congested places.”

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and is the DeseretNews.com opinion intern. Reach me at fstevenson@deseretdigital or @freemandesnews

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