"The result of this mismatch between urban living and urban employment is a new culture of city life, where leisure is king and work - outside of restaurants, stores and bars - is nowhere to be seen." - Henry Grabar, "The millennial job paradox: America's nex great generation loves the city - but can't work there," in Salon, December 21, 2014. Here is the analysis of this trend.
The gang in "Seinfeld," as well as Mary Richards in "Mary Tyler Moore," would probably have to commute today from their city apartments to their workplace. That's a new trend. As Grabar shows in the Salon article, living in the city has become cool again. But the jobs haven't followed. For example, in Baltimore, Maryland, only one in five jobs which city residents work at are based within the city.
For my generation of Baby Boomers, the story was very different. Most of us could not afford to live in the downtown areas in which the jobs were. When I was employed full-time at what would become Chevron, I had to take a long bus ride from the Pittsburgh suburbs.
But this trend, while interesting, may become irrelevant. With telecommuting and the growth of entrepreneurship, more and more of us can earn a living from just about wherever we choose to live or the location we can afford.
Last April I uprooted my communications boutique from the expensive New York Metro area to the less-pricey Southwest. No Northeast Corridor clients were lost. Some have been added. Also, I am picking up West Coast business. And, yes, I live in a city: Tucson, Arizona.