Breakfast links: Millennial shift
Generational churn: Older millennials are moving out of DC as housing costs soar, especially for families. The city's planning office wants to focus on reducing crime and preserving single-family unit row houses in order to provide more affordable housing options. (Post)
Condos get kids: Couples who bought condos in Toronto's new high-rise buildings are having children, and while some are moving out, others are adapting to raising a family in smaller spaces. Much of this also applies to many in DC. (Toronto Life)
Educational migration patterns: College grads flock to metro areas that are large, wealthy, and diverse with many cultural amenities. Those with less education have moved elsewhere, effectively creating geographical talent sorting. DC ranks 3rd in attracting those with graduate degrees. (CityLab)
Political preference: Many young Republicans now prefer to live in cities. Can this demographic break the urban/rural political divide? How might they shift national policy on cities and transportation? (Streetsblog)
A new micro-unit: A Manhattan developer will build luxury "micro-suite" apartment units that offer individual bedrooms (on average, 235 square feet) with shared kitchens and bathrooms. The suites will go for $1500 to $1800 per month per person. (Urban Turf)
Farms in DC?: Vacant lots in DC could soon be urban farms thanks to a bill from Mary Cheh and David Grosso. Urban farms could be a good temporary use for land not yet ready for development, but will problems like rats stymie them? (DCist)
New bus service for Silver Line: As an announcement on the Silver Line start date nears, Metro wants to familiarize riders with changes to bus routes that will shift some riders from the Orange Line to the Silver Line. (Post)
Residents lose Capitol view: Two adjacent lots in the Navy Yard area were supposed to have complementary buildings. The first went up, but when another developer bought the second lot the plans changed, and now the second building blocks the first building's residents' view of the Capitol building. (JDLand)
War on (tiny) cars?: Japan wants to discourage people from using very small cars that manufacturers make only for the Japanese market. But is there room for everyone to have bigger cars? (NYT)
And...: DC is a top 10 city for foodies. (WBJ) ... DC also ranks 5th among states as a safe place to live. (WTOP) ... The Navy Yard Metro cooling facility site will become condos and retail. Metro had been trying to lease or sell the site since 2006. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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