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PHILADELPHIA-They might be a little biased, but a panel made up of mayors and others working with the re-emergence of small regional cities said that the tide is turning ,and their locales now have more relevance than the sprawling suburbs that sucked out urban populations decades ago.

One of the main reasons for this is that younger generations are more interested in living in population centers where they can walk to everything they need instead of having to constantly get into a car, said Salvatore Panto, mayor of Easton, PA, speaking at the recent Urban Land Institute Urban Marketplace conference here. “This is a generation that is looking back. They don’t want to suburban four-acre lot,” he stressed. “To the suburbs, I’ve got news for you: Look out!”

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