This morning I was reading a post linked through Cyclelicio.us that claims "According to a May 2010 Brookings Institute report, “metro areas are exceeding national averages on population growth.” For the first time, America’s suburbs are more likely to be home to minorities, the poor, and a rapidly growing older population, while younger, educated whites move to cities for better jobs and shorter commutes." I'm curious as to what this all means for me and for others who live in small towns and cities. Will the small city become obsolete? Will we begin to think of suburbia as 'the ghetto?' Does this mean if I don't live in a larger city, I'll be left behind? I have no issue particularly with living in a larger city, and I am beginning to understand as I age each year that there really isn't a reason to live in a smaller town because everything is easily accessed in larger cities, but I find it curious that the 20-somethings of today are flocking to larger cities in large numbers. It does make sense though, particularly as the larger the city, the more people there are, and the more likely one is to meet friends, a partner, find a job, and be able to bike or take another alternate mode of transportation on errands, meetings and work. With larger cities come other issues though (such as over population and more crime).
While there are days I enjoy living in a small city (less than 100,000 is my definition of 'small'), there are many other times when I long for the convenience of real city life. Though I have experienced living in a large city, it was one that was quite spread out and not at all built to sustain living without a car (though I did so for a good chunk of time). I am also curious to see if the current 20-something workers will get into their 30s and 40s and wish to live in a smaller area?
In other news, I'm wondering who in the world I'm becoming? I actually purchased a synthetic fabric bike jersey the other day (whether I will wear it or not remains to be seen), and this morning found myself browsing clipless pedals. I've had some foot strain issues and have read that it could be due to my shoes or lack of the clipless pedals.