Youthification

Summary report on youthification now available: Youthification report Back in May 2015, Waterloo hosted the spring session of the semi-annual Pragma Council, a business and planning conference discussing issues that affect the quality of life in Canada from economic growth to the environment to development and land-use change. The approach this spring was to focus on a …

Teaching Resource

Workshop Instructions — Affordable by Design — Why does it cost so much to live downtown? And what can we do about it? These instructions are intended for teachers, students or other interested parties looking to offer a workshop on affordable housing. If you would like to facilitate this workshop, please read this guide in its entirety, …

A Mosaic of Generations

Cities are made up of many pieces such as neighborhoods and social groups. We can describe these pieces by income, race and gender among other factors. Where we live and the opportunities and challenges we face also differ by age and over generations. The Generationed City research project studies these divisions…

Where do young adults live?

It is now commonly accepted that Millennials, often defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, are highly concentrated in central areas of cities. Even Google autocompletes the phrase “Millennials live” with “Millennials live in cities”. However, much of the research that identifies these trends, including some of our own, studies only a select few …

Forever Young?

The pursuit of youthfulness, whether it’s by the way we dress, how we cut our hair, or perhaps even by plastic surgery, has arguably become a cultural pre-occupation, at least in the ways that Hollywood actors and actresses are portrayed in film and the media. Based on historic accounts in literature and other media, it …

Paying for housing

There is growing concern that housing is becoming less affordable to young adults in North America. While there is certainly a wealth of research on emerging employment and housing challenges, surprisingly little of this research focuses on young adults. Here we describe the trends that are commonly believed to contribute to affordability challenges. This is …

Getting to and from the home

A recent article in CityLab describes how “[i]n 2013, transit ridership in the United States hit a 50-year high, with the nation’s transit systems logging 10.7 billion rides”. Young adults are increasing their use of public transit to get from home and work, and to other destinations–a trend we also observe in Canada.      …

The end of the single family home?

The single-family home has epitomized the American (and Canadian) dream at least since the 1950s when rapid growth occurred at the edges of metropolitan areas in the form of low-density suburbs. However, since then changes in demography, cultural and social values, gender roles, and the structure of cities and housing markets have begun to change …