For decades, many Americans have chosen to live in suburbs and commute to urban centers for work. That’s largely because cities — accounting for 85% of US GDP and jobs — help drive the nation’s economy.Neighborhoods like Midtown in Manhattan, the Loop in Chicago, and Central/East Boston have long been considered economic hubs due to their large concentrations of employment opportunities.
But there are many other places around the US that are rapidly emerging as new economic powerhouses.
A recent report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) defines these neighborhoods as well-located but having underutilized land. They tend to offer more opportunities for residential, office, retail, and public space development than established urban locations. In addition, ULI classifies emerging economic centers as places that have seen significant growth in population, employment, household incomes, and home values since 2000.
Take a look at a few examples below:
Located six miles south of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, SouthPark is transforming from a suburban town to a growing urban center.
Since the 1970s, SouthPark Mall has anchored the neighborhood and continues to serve as a big driver of economic activity for the region.
But SouthPark is now becoming increasingly urban and walkable as well. The area is in the midst of several construction and redevelopment projects — which may affect the surrounding areas. As The Charlotte Observer notes, the influx of thousands of apartments to SouthPark is causing some residents to worry about an uptick in congestion.
Population growth (2010-2015): 8%
Median household income: $90,851
Median home value in Greater Charlotte: $212,000
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Greater Charlotte: $1,543
In 2017, Synco Properties Inc and Schlosser Development Corp announced that they would redevelop The Colony, a site that originally had about 300 aging apartments in SouthPark.
When complete, The Colony will include 990 residential units, 250,000 square feet of office space, 225 hotel rooms, and 300,000 square feet of retail, according to The Charlotte Business Journal.
The 27-acre project broke ground in July 2018.
By Leanna Garfield
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