Post-COVID Americans will have more control over where they live

 Post-COVID Americans will have more control over where they live

The past century has brought two huge changes in urbanization in the U.S. The mid-20th century saw the expansion of the suburbs, increasing auto dependence and an evacuation of affluent residents from urban cores. Then, beginning roughly in the 1990s, there was a move back to cities, especially by highly paid knowledge workers.

Meanwhile, the suburbs kept right on building up through the middle of the 2000s. Houses got larger as the exurbs spread farther from city centers and commuting times rose accordingly. That process seemed to hit its…

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