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col-dublinRiversidepark (2) The new Bridge Street District in Dublin, OH, a Columbus suburb, will provide a walkable neighborhood appealing to millennials and diverse mix of office users and renters. Rendering by City of Dublin.

COLUMBUS—Many big cities across the US have reinvented their downtowns. Instead of being merely places to work during the daytime, downtowns now attract residents, shoppers and visitors at all hours. And these vibrant CBDs can attract the companies looking to recruit the next generation of employees, most of whom these days prefer urban lifestyles. But this shift in attitudes has left many suburbs in a quandary. How can these municipalities compete for the corporate headquarters, new residents, and retail outlets that provide a solid tax base?

Dublin, OH, just outside of Columbus, has answered this question by rethinking how it uses land that in most suburbs is dominated by sprawling office parks and strip malls. Its new 1,000-acre Bridge Street District provides both a lively downtown and a new type of neighborhood—a mixed-use, walkable community with a variety of housing options for retiring baby-boomers, millennials and childless households.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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