Quit pandering to millennials – they grew up

By:  Diane Benjamin

I don’t think Tari Renner and most of the City Council are keeping up to date!  We are constantly told we need Complete Streets because millennials want to ride their bikes to work.  We need to spend millions downtown because millennials want to live there.

Since (I think) Tari just got back from yet another Mayor’s Conference, I wonder if he heard the age of millennials is over?

Maybe Tari should read the

New York Times!

See the story HERE

Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young


Over the past decade, many American cities have been transformed by young professionals of the millennial generation, with downtowns turning into bustling neighborhoods full of new apartments and pricey coffee bars.

But soon, cities may start running out of millennials.

A number of demographers, along with economists and real estate consultants, are starting to contemplate what urban cores will look like now that the generation — America’s largest — is cresting.

Dowell Myers, a professor of demography and urban planning at the University of Southern California, recently published a paper that noted American cities reached “peak millennial” in 2015. Over the next few years, he predicts, the growth in demand for urban living is likely to stall.

The debate is full of contours and caveats, but it really boils down to this: Are large numbers of millennials really so enamored with city living that they will age and raise families inside the urban core, or will many of them, like earlier generations, eventually head to the suburbs in search of bigger homes and better school districts?

A LOT more good stuff is in the article.

Ask the candidates if they will quit wasting your money on Quality of Life now?

Their target for this spending is disappearing to the suburbs.

The story was printing yesterday!





6 thoughts on “Quit pandering to millennials – they grew up

  1. Different subject. I just paid an 1100.00 water bill for a rental house. The city of Bloomington will make terms with a tenant to pay a back bill so water can stay on without owner consent yet the property owner is on the hook for the bill when tenant takes off. Bloomington follows everything Normal does (raise taxes) why can’t they have the same water shut off policy It’s unfair and unnecessary to force someone to pay someone else’s bills. It is in the ordinance getting it changed is the only way to deal with this unfair problem


  2. Getting an ordinance changed is nearly impossible. The Mayor and City Manager are the only ones who can put an item on the agenda unless you recruit 5 alderman to support your request. I would contact Alderwoman Schmidt because she owns rental property. Contact Jim Karch, Director of Public Works, Tom Dabareiner, Director of Community Development and send an email to the entire council. Solicit support from other rental property owners you know to do the same.


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