You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Also in the LA Times: Suburbia Takes Shape in Imperial Valley

Posted in Urban Planning by Stacy McMahon on March 7, 2005

It strikes me that this is also one of the big reasons why “town centers” are popping up in greenfield exurban subdivisions:

After three years of renting, the couple paid $226,000 in January for a house in an El Centro subdivision where grass has yet to be planted on all the lawns.

“We were never going to be able to afford a home in San Diego,” said Ramirez, who now works at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Who says these folks don’t want to live downtown? They just can’t afford it–so they move where they can afford to, and later bring a little bit of downtown with them. Didn’t we used to assume that suburban residents specifically didn’t want to see the city following them out there?

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