1st Edition

The Millennial City Trends, Implications, and Prospects for Urban Planning and Policy

Edited By Markus Moos, Deirdre Pfeiffer, Tara Vinodrai Copyright 2018
    314 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Millennials have captured our imaginaries in recent years. The conventional wisdom is that this generation of young adults lives in downtown neighbourhoods near cafes, public transit and other amenities. Yet, this depiction is rarely unpacked nor problematized. Despite some commonalities, the Millennial generation is highly diverse and many face housing affordability and labour market constraints. Regardless, as the largest generation following the post-World War II baby boom, Millennials will surely leave their mark on cities.

    This book assesses the impact of Millennials on cities. It asks how the Millennial generation differs from previous generations in terms of their labour market experiences, housing outcomes, transportation decisions, the opportunities available to them, and the constraints they face. It also explores the urban planning and public policy implications that arise from these generational shifts.

    This book offers a generational lens that faculty, students and other readers with interest in the fields of urban studies, planning, geography, economic development, demography, or sociology will find useful in interpreting contemporary U.S. and Canadian cities. It also provides guidance to planners and policymakers on how to think about Millennials in their work and make decisions that will allow all generations to thrive.

    Part 1: Introduction

    Chapter 1: The Millennial City, Shaped by Contradictions

    Markus Moos, Deirdre Pfeiffer and Tara Vinodrai

    Chapter 2: The Impact of Generational Change On Cities

    Pierre Filion and Jill L. Grant

    Chapter 3: Planning for Cool: Millennials and The Innovation Economy of Cities

    Tara Vinodrai

    Part 2: Millennial Economies

    Chapter 4: Young Adult Household Economic Well-Being: Comparing Millennials to Earlier Generations in The United States

    Richard Fry

    Chapter 5: Underwater Generation? Debt and Wealth Among Millennials

    Alan Walks, Dylan Simone and Emily Hawes

    Chapter 6: The Millennial Urban Space-Economy: Dissolving Workplaces and The De-Localization of Economic Value-Creation

    Richard Shearmur

    Chapter 7: The Privilege of A Parental Safety Net: Millennials and The intergenerational Transfer of Wealth and Resources

    Nancy Worth

    Chapter 8: Planning for The Sharing Economy

    Sean Geobey

    Part 3: Housing The Next Generation

    Chapter 9: Generationing Housing: The Role of intergenerational Wealth Transfer in Young Adults’ Housing Outcomes

    Markus Moos

    Chapter 10: Is The Real Estate Industry Cementing Millennials’ Residence in Urban Cores and Central Cities? Insights from Phoenix and Houston
    Deirdre Pfeiffer and Genevieve Pearthree

    Chapter 11: Boomers and Their Boomerang Kids: Comparing Housing Opportunities for Baby Boomers and Millennials in The United States
    Sarah L. Mawhorter

    Chapter 12: Beyond "Peak Millennial": Developing an index of Generational Congestion for Local Government Use in The United States and Canada
    Jeff Henry and Markus Moos

    Chapter 13: Urban Vacation Rentals and The Housing Market: Boon or Bane in The Millennial City
    Junfeng Jiao and Jake Wegmann

    Part 4: Millennial Mobilities

    Chapter 14: Will Millennials Remain in The City? Residential Mobility in Post-industrial, Post-Modern, Post-Suburban America
    Markus Moos and Nick Revington

    Chapter 15: Meet The Four Types of U.S. Millennial Travelers

    Kelcie M. Ralph

    Chapter 16: Emerging Mobility Patterns of the Millennials in Canada

    Ajay Agarwal

    Chapter 17: I Drive to Work, Sometimes: Motility Capital and Mode Flexibility Among Young Adult Gentrifiers
    Markus Moos, Khairunnabila Prayitno and Nicholas Revington

    Part 5: Millennial City Futures

    Chapter 18: Fun for All Ages: Weaving Greenspace, Transportation, and Housing Together in The intergenerational City

    Kyle Shelton and William Fulton

    Chapter 19: What Does the March of The Millennials Mean for The Future American City?
    Alan Mallach

    Chapter 20: (Millennial) Cities of Tomorrow
    Tara Vinodrai, Markus Moos and Deirdre Pfeiffer


    Markus Moos, PhD MCIP RPP, is Associate Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo in Canada. His research is on the economies, housing markets and social structures of cities, including youthification and the generational dimensions of urban change.

    Deirdre Pfeiffer, PhD AICP, is Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning at Arizona State University in the U.S.A. Her research focuses on housing strategies in the U.S. relevant to an aging and diversifying society, the outcomes of the foreclosure crisis, and the relationship between suburban growth and racial equity.

    Tara Vinodrai, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Management and the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development at the University of Waterloo in Canada. At the core of her research program is a concern with understanding and theorizing the dynamics of contemporary economic change and the emerging and evolving geographies of the knowledge-based economy.