Data show Vermonters moving back toward the city

Source: Burlington Free Press, Feb. 20, by Matt Sutkoski “Maybe the anti-sprawl activists are winning. Census data released earlier this month offer tantalizing, if sometimes conflicting, evidence that Vermonters are moving toward established city centers. That’s a contrast to trends in previous population data, which showed residents were attracted to outlying areas, farther from the center of town. Those trends concerned land-use activists, who deplored the loss of rural Vermont countryside to homes, warehouses, stores and strip malls. New 2010 Census data showed population growth accelerating in established, developed centers, including Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski. The trend wasn’t evident everywhere. For instance, St. Albans City lost population, while towns elsewhere in Franklin County grew. Still, the census data add to evidence that policy, planning tools, economic realities and people’s housing choices are beginning to shift the focus of growth toward Vermont’s village centers and downtowns…” Full Story: Data show Vermonters moving back toward the city PDF of Story: Data show Vermonters moving back toward the city

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