Indeed, millennials are abandoning their cars and choosing metropolitan areas over the white-picket-fenced suburbs of old. While this means that previously dilapidated sections of cities are being revitalized – or, to put it another way, gentrified - it also means that prices are becoming prohibitive for people who had lived there before.
As a result, suburbia is facing an identity crisis. To appeal to younger generations, suburbs are increasingly restructuring to include the amenities of big cities – yoga studios, high-end coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and walkable downtown areas with pleasing trees and streets. The rising appeal of "hipsturbia," as the trend has jokingly been named, suggests that while suburbs may not vanish, they will look different.
"I think suburbs can be great for the right situation," Leigh Gallagher says. "But fewer people are going to need the kinds of suburbs we’ve built the most."