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Millennial housing 2015: Walkability wins out as cities grow, suburbs urbanize for new generation

Aaron Boucher likes to joke that he used to hunt for apartments in Brooklyn based on their proximity to fried chicken restaurants. But these days, he’s a little pickier: He wants to be close to everything.

That’s why he lives in Hoboken, a 1.28-square-mile city considered one of the country’s most walkable. He said he likes that every amenity he could imagine is minutes away by foot, so when, for example, on Wednesday night his wife wanted to cook Mexican food, he could walk to the corner grocery store to buy sour cream.

“On any given block you have bodegas, bars, restaurants,” said the furniture designer as he sat back in a nearby Starbucks scribbling in his sketchbook.

As the United States housing market continues to recover from the 2007 bubble burst, it is also faced with the challenge of catering to young people who want options for walkability even if they’re not in a traditional city…Please click here to read Julia Glum’s story in the International Business Times.

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