Interesting post here regarding contemporary trends of “urban inversion” as opposed to suburban sprawl. Here’s a brief quote:
Only when significant numbers of people lived downtown, planners believed, could central cities regain their historic role as magnets for culture and as a source of identity and pride for the metropolitan areas they served. Now that’s starting to happen, fueled by the changing mores of the young and by gasoline prices fast approaching $5-per-gallon. In many of its urbanized regions, an America that seemed destined for ever increasing individualization and sprawl is experimenting with new versions of community and sociability.