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Urbanization will transform suburban markets over the next decade, and the changes have already started with increased transit-oriented development, a shift toward density and community-oriented retail concepts. Demographic shifts are the epicenter of the shift toward a more urban environment, including both millennials and baby boomers, but technology and economic growth is also driving major change in suburban markets.

“For the next decade and beyond, urbanized suburban growth will be sustained by social, economic and technological shifts,” Jose Sanchez, retail and mixed-use design leader at DLR Group, tells GlobeSt.com. “Fair housing enforcement, aging in place, economic growth, immigration and driverless vehicles will play a huge impact on the evolving American suburb over the next several decades. Social and cultural shifts in the way we shop, work, own, interact, and experience life will shape suburban markets.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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