Predictions of a permanent “back to the city” movement by the younger generations—and resulting suburban demise—may have been a bit overstated.
Yes, there are many young people who prefer the urban core, but today’s fastest-growing cities in the United States are actually Sunbelt metros, like San Antonio, Phoenix and Dallas. Furthermore, huge outflows of people are moving from “superstar cities” due to a lack of affordable housing, a trend we can expect to grow as Millennials start families. So yes, the next generation of buyers will be leaving the city, but they also have no intention of migrating to their parents’ suburbia, either.
Meet Greg Lindsay, a journalist, urbanist, speaker and a senior fellow at NewCities Foundation, a global nonprofit committed to shaping a better urban future. He speaks frequently about globalization, innovation and the future of cities, and he is also a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).
Greg will present thought-provoking insights at one of the Game Changers keynote presentations at this year’s Builders’ Show. Here’s what you can expect from his session.
The New Suburbia: Myths & Realities of Cities, Suburbs & the Millennial Home Buyer
Featuring Greg Lindsay—Senior Fellow, NewCities Foundation
In this fascinating Game Changers session, journalist and futurist Greg Lindsay will cut through the confusion and stereotypes surrounding Millennial housing preferences and outline a new suburban formula that will entice this generation. A NewCities senior fellow and frequently-cited expert on urbanism and innovation by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and others, Greg is a leading voice on Millennial migration and how we can anticipate and build for their changing lifestyle.
This session will take place on Thursday, February 21 from 10:15 – 11:15 AM at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Game Changers sessions are open to all attendees with Full Registration or 1-Day Education valid for the day of the session. Learn more.
Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist and speaker. A senior fellow at NewCities and the director of strategy of its offshoot LA CoMotion—an annual urban mobility festival in the Arts District of Los Angeles—he is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative; a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management; and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation and the future of cities. He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR and the BBC. He has advised Intel, Samsung, Starbucks, Audi, Chrysler, Hyundai, Tishman Speyer, British Land, André Balazs Properties, Emaar and Expo 2020, among many other organizations, and is currently Urbanist-in-Residence at Urban-X—BMW Mini’s urban tech accelerator. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Inc., The Atlantic, Quartz, The New Republic, Politico and more. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).