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Kansas City Suburbs See Post-Recession Bounce

anss City BuildingAccording to a recent KC Star article,Greg and Adrienne Doring thought they had it all living downtown.

A 15th-floor condo with an expansive view of the riverfront. Close to the Sprint Center and the Power &Light District. A grocery store. An easy walk to the River Market.

“Downtown was going great guns,” Greg Doring said. “I wanted my little piece of it.”

Then came the children. Friends started moving away. Life started changing. The suburbs looked alluring. So they moved.

Nestled into their new,roomier Prairie Village home with three kids and a yard,the Dorings are emblematic of a new suburban growth threatening to steal residents from the city.

“We were moving into a different phase of our life,” Doring said. “It was just time for something else.”

As the Great Recession recedes,the suburbs are fighting their way back after losing luster among young professionals and baby boomers who embraced the energy of city living.

For generations,people fled cities for the suburbs,especially following World War II as the culture depended increasingly on the car and Veterans Administration loans made buying a house possible for more Americans.

Then the recession hit at the same time as a new appreciation for urban lifestyles emerged,especially among the young.

Recently,many of the country’s big cities reversed the longstanding trend in which they grew faster than their suburbs,partly because people were skittish about moving in shaky economic times.


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