Recession schmession! The Wall Street Journal is already weighing in on its picks for the The Next Hot Youth-Magnet Cities. Once the recession cools off, where are kids going to live? What amenities, jobs and lifestyle choices are 20-somethings going to be looking for? Washington, D.C. and Seattle claim the top spots for the trend towards government and tech-related jobs combined with strong cultural and active living attractions. Also making the list are New York City, Portland, Austin, TX, San Jose, CA, Denver, Durham, NC, Dallas, Chicago and Boston. And what do the majority of these cities have in common? Strong mass transit systems. In fact, shots of local transit is featured in for two of the cities (Portland and Denver) and featured in Portland’s description. Today’s young professional tend to value active urban living that includes common spaces, public transit, access to outdoor activities and cultural centers, even in the face of high unemployment.
It has been my personal experience that young people tend to gravitate towards active lifestyles that include walking, biking and taking public transit, even in more auto-centric cities like St. Louis. Do you agree with this assessment? Do you think it will last? What can St. Louis do to attract more young professionals in the coming decade?