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Kate

This is pretty interesting stuff. Any way to mash that up with a map of recent foreclosures? I've been wondering if exurbia has been hit especially hard by the housing crash, and it seems like rising gas prices could kick those areas once they're down...

Silent Bahb

I knew I rode the bus for a reason.

dan/Spokane

My guess is that in the next 10 years, the City of Spokane's population will really increase, since more people will elect to live in town and not the suburbs and the downtown area will really have more to offer.
The Centers and Corridors plan will reinforce neighborhoods like Garland and South Perry.
Time will tell!

Kate

I'm not so sure about that, dan... Think about how many jobs now exist out in "edge cities" like Liberty Lake. Decentralization didn't just occur in terms of homes, but also in terms of workplaces. Sometimes suburban workplaces actually serve as the seeds of a new community.

It would be pretty surprising if suburban homes *and* jobs suddenly relocated to the city en masse. I suspect we'll see a concentration of growth and public amenities in suburban communities with high-performing workplaces. Along with urban revitalization, of course.

dan/Spokane

Probsbly manufacturing related or technology relatied jobs will be located in the suburbs, but with fuel prices increasing, they will need to provide more services and housing in those areas.
Downtown will have a higher concentration of office jobs. It also has entertainment and variety that doesn't exist in the suburbs! Also it services as the regional hub for the greater region that extends 200 miles out. People won't be traveling to a suburb for those activites. I know my commutes to the Valley have been reduced and my next car purchase with be in the City of Spokane instead of way out in Liberty Lake!

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