The Springfield of today — dominated by single-family homes with spacious yards, and where shopping, working or attending school are all inconvenient without a car — was built for a generation that valued owning property.
National data, however, shows that isn’t necessarily what millennials want.
The city of Springfield is looking at ways to leverage changing trends to cater to and attract more members of the youngest — and now largest — generation in the workforce.
City Manager Greg Burris said Springfield is open to testing innovations in public transportation that can address pressing issues like extreme poverty and help the community develop in the right direction.
Here are three millennial trends that have already started to affect Springfield citizens and might change how the city will look decades from now:
- Millennials choose jobs based on location. Nearly 65 percent of college-educated 25 to 34-year-olds looked for a job after they chose the city where wanted to live.
- Millennials are renting more, and prefer smaller houses. An “overwhelming majority” of the market wants to be in an area with activity around it, Osborne said.
- Millennials drive less. The percentage of 20 to 24-year-olds with driver’s licenses has decreased from 92 to 77 percent since 1983, according to a study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. Technology may have played a role in the decline of driving, with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft offer accessible ride options for people who don’t own cars.
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