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The Millennial City

Trends, Implications, and Prospects for Urban Planning and Policy, 1st Edition

Edited by Markus Moos, Deirdre Pfeiffer, Tara Vinodrai


298 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Global Urban Studies

Global Urban Studies
Providing cutting edge interdisciplinary research on spatial, political, cultural and economic processes and issues in urban areas across the US and the world, volumes in this series examine the global processes that impact and unite urban areas. The organizing theme of the book series is the reality that behavior within and between cities and urban regions must be understood in a larger domestic and international context. An explicitly comparative approach to understanding urban issues and problems allows scholars and students to consider and analyse new ways in which urban areas across different societies and within the same society interact with each other and address a common set of challenges or issues. Books in the series cover topics which are common to urban areas globally, yet illustrate the similarities and differences in conditions, approaches, and solutions across the world, such as environment/brownfields, sustainability, health, economic development, culture, governance and national security. In short, the Global Urban Studies book series takes an interdisciplinary approach to emergent urban issues using a global or comparative perspective.

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