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Urban Boomers

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n the February podcast I recorded with archi-

These areas tend to be full of condos as well as

tect Brent Zeigler of Dyer Brown, Boston, our

restaurants, shops, and cultural venues such as

topic was urban revitalization and the work

museums and theaters. They also often have

he and his firm are doing, mainly in the Boston

classes and workshops that are popular with re-

area (Zeigler is AIA, IIDA, and president/direc-

tirees. They're packed with cool places, cool

tor of design for Dyer Brown, dyerbrown.com.

things to see, cool people." His most-convincing

The article is on p. 6 of the February issue and

statement: "The interesting trend is that the

the article/podcast are at commercialarchitec-

places where many young people want to live

turemagazine.com/architects). The discussion,

are the same places where many retirees want to

naturally, focused on millennials, their desire

live."

to live in cities, and what it takes to revitalize
urban areas to attract that generation.

Another factor is that it's a lot of work to live

Boomers are joining millennials in a movement to the urban world.

in the suburbs and boomers who can afford city

During the discussion, we tripped over anoth-

life are glad to shed that work for the convenienc-

er group of people who are, to a somewhat lesser

es urban living offers. "Those who can afford it"

degree, finding their way back to cities in search

is a key factor because this movement brings to

of a simpler lifestyle-baby boomers. We just

the forefront gentrification, a term that's become

touched on it briefly but it made me wonder how

a four-letter word in many cities.

prevalent this movement is. Turns out it was a

In the second article, a New York Times piece

trend in late 2016, meaning, if the authors of the

titled, "The Future of Retirement Communities:

two articles I read are correct, we're well into the

Walkable and Urban" (nytimes.com/2016/10/15/

movement, but so focused on millennials that we

business/the-future-of-retirement-communi-

don't talk about it that much.

ties-walkable-and-urban.html),

author

John

The first article I found was written by

Wasik tells us that the new paradigm is walkable

realtor.com's Clare Trapasso (realtor.com/news/

urban spaces that allow retirees to get out and

trends/why-more-baby-boomers-are-moving-

walk to basic services because walking is linked to

back-to-cities/). According to Trapasso, "Instead

better health and social engagement. Wasik also

of migrating south en masse to retirement com-

cautions that some of the most walkable cities are

munities in the Sunshine State or the wilds of

among the most expensive, with New York, San

Arizona, more and more baby boomers-a partic-

Francisco (Walkable? Have you tried those

ularly urban-savvy group of Americans-are mov-

hills?), and Boston at the top of the list.

ing back to the metro areas they abandoned when

While there are pros and cons, it's clear that

they began raising families. And, in leaving their

urban-oriented millennials are going to find

suburban homesteads, these empty nesters are re-

themselves co-existing with their grandparents

defining the urban centers they now call home.

and commercial-building designers are facing

Again."

and going to face meeting the needs of both ends

In the article, realtor.com's chief economist,

of the population spectrum. Me? Should I get to

Jonathan Smoke, tells us that the "influx of the

try that retirement thing, I'll be headed in the

older and wiser is particularly pronounced in the

opposite direction to a cabin in the woods where

most walkable cities and lots of college towns.

the only sounds I hear are birds. CA

Gary L. Parr
Editorial Director

commercialarchitecturemagazine.com

MARCH 2018

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture March 2018

The Architects
Old Buildings, Creative Solutions
Maximum Space, Tight Fit
The Art of Moisture Protection
Kansas State Calls Waterproofing Audible
Art Museum Expansion Is A Wrap
Exteriors Products
Glass Railings Complement Collegiate Gothic Structure
Arches Dominate New House of Worship
Access Floors Provide Flexbility
Interiors Products
Curtainwall, Storefront Systems Protect and Enhance
Impact Windows Featured In Apartment Renovation
Windows & Doors Products
PTACs May Hold Key To Hotel Energy Efficiency And IAQ
Visibility And Security Bank On Lighting
Lighting & Electrical Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Cover2
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Art Museum Expansion Is A Wrap
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Arches Dominate New House of Worship
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Access Floors Provide Flexbility
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Curtainwall, Storefront Systems Protect and Enhance
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Commercial Architecture March 2018 - Portfolio
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