The creative economy is among the forces changing the way we live and work, and as a result, the differences between urban and suburban areas are becoming much less distinct, writes Richard Florida. People are more mobile, in part as a result of the rise in rental housing as an alternative to homeownership. Suburbs have a greater diversity of residents -- no longer just families with children -- and suburban shopping centers are more urban in their design. "The most successful suburban and urban neighborhoods both have good transit, mixed uses, and green spaces; most important, they foster the interactions from which vital communities are built," Florida writes.
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