An article posted in The Atlantic Cities yesterday shows the massive upswing that cities are seeing:
It's Official: Downtowns Are Booming - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities
The researchers used a 2 mile radius from City Halls to define 'Downtown.' Philadelphia grew by 10% in this region, adding 20,769 residents. However, if you look even more closely, the numbers are even more impressive.
First off, what does the 2 mile radius consist of? Here is a 2 mile radius from City Hall: Radius Around a Point on a Map
Looking at this map shows us that regions in this sample selection includes neighborhoods that experienced significant declines, such as Sharswood, Mantua, Grays Ferry, and Point Breeze from 2000 to 2010. Many of these regions experienced ~10% declines, as you can see from the NYTimes Census Map Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census - NYTimes.com
So what are your thoughts? Will we be able to hold a 10% growth rate in the same region from 2010 to 2020? Perhaps even higher now that many of these areas are now growing?