“Urban living might just survive Coronavirus. Early data from real estate websites suggest cities haven’t lost their allure, even at the height of the coronavirus pandemic” writes Marie Patino for Bloomberg CityLab.
Since Covid19 began we’ve all tried to imagine what life will look like after the pandemic subsides, especially in our cities. Social distancing and lockdowns have found many city dwellers confined to small apartments and perhaps going a little stir-crazy. Predictions abound that many will leave cities and urban life as we know it will cease to exist. Although an exodus from cities is still a possibility, the statistics right now are looking contrary.
In April, real estate searches for urban properties on Zillow were above last year’s figures in 29 of the largest cities in the US. And on Apartment List more people were looking to live in New York City during April. ”The broadest base, real-time indicator of what people are looking at indicates that they haven’t turned away from cities,” says Joe Cortright, a researcher for City Observatory. His report and interactive Youth Movement Dashboard follows the accelerating trend of movement to urban neighborhoods of well-educated young adults, the most likely cohort to move across state lines. And he says this movement is motivated by a love of cities and city life.
History has shown a resurgence of urban living after previous disasters and an ability to adapt. With the help of a well-educated, young and successful demographic our cities may transform into something even better.
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