Other communities have also caught onto the trend. They have identified the advantages for their tax bases and revitalized their old downtowns to attract young families. Completed in 2010, a nine-block stretch of classically suburban Lancaster, Calif., 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, is now called the BLVD. Residents enjoy farmers’ markets and holiday fests and patronize 50 new shops, restaurants, and businesses that have opened, along with a new park and museum.
Dallas is virtually surrounded by burgeoning new downtowns. North of the city, the Richardson/Addison/Plano area is developing furiously. In fact, the population of Plano’s Collin County is up 59 percent in just the past four years. In addition to developing a master plan for the revitalization of its historic downtown, Plano is welcoming the $3 billion, 2,600-acre Legacy Business Park development, which will include the corporate campuses of high-profile companies and ultimately employ 125,000 people. Alongside it will be Legacy West Urban Village, a new self-contained community with 1,080 mixed housing units, 335,000 square feet of retail space—including a food hall— and five acres of outdoor recreation space. Around cities such as Atlanta, Nashville, and Cincinnati, the story is much the same.