Monday, March 07, 2005

Also in the LA Times: Suburbia Takes Shape in Imperial Valley

It strikes me that this is also one of the big reasons why "town centers" are popping up in greenfield exurban subdivisions:
After three years of renting, the couple paid $226,000 in January for a house in an El Centro subdivision where grass has yet to be planted on all the lawns.

"We were never going to be able to afford a home in San Diego," said Ramirez, who now works at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Who says these folks don't want to live downtown? They just can't afford it--so they move where they can afford to, and later bring a little bit of downtown with them. Didn't we used to assume that suburban residents specifically didn't want to see the city following them out there?