Big US cities are no longer made for families. They're now populated by the rich, college-ed & childless. Families w/ kids are disappearing. This is really good, & explains a lot about things from overwork to the fertility dip to Trump &
“The modern American city is becoming an Epcot theme park for childless affluence, where the rich can act like kids without having to actually see any.”
Plenty of chatter around this piece in about whether cities like New York, D.C. and San Francisco are seeing declines in the number of children: (Cont.)
A theory related to this excellent piece: as white-collar work becomes more specialized, more and more jobs become winner-take-all races with increasing returns to work.
This is a nice piece by (welcome to DC!) about how urbanists should care about natalism: But, of course, it’s not just cities that are seeing falling fertility, as I covered for :
This is just a tremendously important article: "In Washington, D.C., the overall population has grown more than 20 percent this century, but the number of children under the age of 18 has declined."
“American cities aren’t just expelling school-age children; they’re actively discouraging them from being born in the first place,” writes .
“There are many reasons New York might be shrinking, but most of them come down to the same unavoidable fact: Raising a family in the city is just too hard.And the same could be said of pretty much every other dense and expensive urban area in the country”
It’s true that American cities are becoming childless, but it’s also true that the vast majority of the US population doesn’t live in cities and that birth rates are plummeting in all the non-cities too.
"The 'basic custom' of the American city, wrote the urbanist Sam Bass Warner, was a 'commitment to familialism.' Today’s cities, however, are decidedly not for children, or for families who want children." --
The total fertility rate in the U.S. will hit another record low in 2019, according to . Fascinating take on the urban side of this "depopulation" story by
Must-read from in : "The modern American city is not a microcosm of life but a microslice of it. It’s becoming an Epcot theme park for childless affluence, where the rich can act like kids without having to actually see any"
"There are many reasons New York might be shrinking, but most of them come down to the same unavoidable fact: Raising a family in the city is just too hard." -- from , via
"San Francisco has the lowest share of children of any of the largest 100 cities in the U.S." Why, despite unprecedented economic dynamism, US cities have few births and lose their native-born to smaller places
As it turns out, not cities I live in. But read anyways: The Future of the City Is Childless - The Atlantic
.'s piece on our increasingly childless cities might give one the impression there's nothing to be done to make cities more family friendly. But Vancouver's exp suggests otherwise...
This is not fine.
"America’s urban rebirth is missing something key—actual births."
Very sobering read: The Future of the City Is Childless.
"It looked like hell—or, as I once suggested to a roommate, a carefully staged public service announcement against family formation"
The Future of the City Is Childless “In high-density cities no group is growing faster than rich college-educated whites without children...families with children are in decline...it turns out that America’s urban rebirth is missing a key element: births”