Young professionals have been moving into the city of Atlanta by the thousands, transforming abandoned warehouses into lofts, vacant lots into dog parks and communities long in decline into neighborhoods of choice, AJC reporter Craig Schneider writes.
Atlanta is on the leading edge of a national trend: Since 2000, neighborhoods within three miles of downtown Atlanta have seen a 61 percent surge in residents aged 25 to 34 who have at least a four-year degree, according to U.S. Census figures.
What about the future? Here are a few questions –
Given the economic slowdown of the past few years, do you think this will continue or stall?
A lot of the young professionals do not have kids yet. When they do, will they move to the suburbs like past generations did or stay intown? Will the recent problems in Atlanta Public Schools affect that decision?
Finally, will increasing traffic congestion and higher gas prices help to solidify this trend?
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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