One thing that older Baby Boomers and young Millennials can agree on is that San Diego is the kind of walkable, transit-friendly place where they want to live.
A survey commissioned by the American Planning Association polled 1,040 Americans to understand the community preferences of Baby Boomers aged 50-65 and Millennials aged 21-34.
They wanted walkable cities with public transportation, and San Diego was the top choice of both.
Of those in both age groups who expected to move in the next five years, the following were the metropolitan areas mentioned most often:
- San Diego
- New York
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
The planning association said that both age groups appear to want cities to focus less on recruiting new companies and more on investing in new transportation options, walkable communities, and making communities as attractive as possible.
“If there is a single message from this poll,” said Paul Farmer, the association’s executive director, “it’s that place matters. Community characteristics like affordability, transportation choices, safe streets, high-speed internet and housing that can accommodate others or enable you to live there as you grow older matter as much as job opportunities.”
Whether the community is a small town, suburb or city, 49 percent of respondents wanted to live in a walkable community, while only seven percent wanted to live where they have to drive to most places.
“We recognize that providing people more options to get about effectively than just relying on the car will pose a host of planning and design challenges,” said association president William Anderson, a former San Diego planning director.
This survey was conducted online by the Harris Poll between March 11 and 21 among 1,040 U.S. residents aged 21-65 years with at least two years of college education.
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