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Baby boomers and millennials in suburban markets desire the same lifestyle—walkability, access to retail and restaurant amenities and dense housing—as those living in urban markets. The urbanization of the suburbs is a growing trend, with urban amenities and development showing up in traditionally suburban markets.

“Demographic shifts illustrated that we are becoming a society that values main streets more than backyards,” Jose Sanchez, retail and mixed-use design leader at DLR Group, tells GlobeSt.com. “Walkability, density, sense of community, mixed uses and a diverse population are bringing new life to suburbs. Placemaking, if applied thoughtfully and well executed, provides the soul for our communities through the design of a contextual urban framework of pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, open spaces and a vibrant urban environment created by the layered realm of architecture, landscaping, signage and lighting. It is also vital to understand that these new town centers should be developed in a way to attract multiple demographics and economic classes through inclusive design and programming.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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