Yes you can get young again!

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .


Citylab reports that the spike in 20-somethings that everyone is talking about is real and has a graph to prove it.

People in their 20s increased by 12,500 between 2000 and 2010.

Just yesterday, I was talking to the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s executive director Rob Stephany about Larimer and we got on the subject of how there is a market for these young adults that many neighborhoods are not tapping by not providing rentals.

When we were in our 20s, we rented. Almost no one bought a house until later.  I didn’t buy my first house until I was 40 and I was a responsible renter, that little cat pee incident aside.

I love seeing young adults in my neighborhood but mine is one that young people have trouble finding a spot in. The Central Northside has been all about home ownership development, which is a great thing, too, but the new zoning for our residential type now requires that you get approved by special exception if you want to build a building of more than one housing unit.

That’s kind of backward. Young people should be pulled here by powerful magnets, and the way to do that is to give them whatever opportunity to live in the city that you can.

Rob said 2,000 people are on the waiting list for a rental space at Liberty Park, a new housing development off East Liberty Boulevard in East Liberty.

One reason why the East End is considered cool is because it's accommodating this demographic group better than any other area.To be cool you have to have pierced kids in laceless Chucks pedaling bikes to coffee places. We have coffee places. Bring on the yout!

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