Post by angieadams on Jun 11, 2013 16:10:43 GMT -4
Cary is attracting young college graduates, no matter what has been said. Of course more people of college age live on or near college campuses, what else is new. I am in my twenties. So is my husband. We live in a rented house in Western Cary and will soon be buying a house with a large lot in Western Cary (still looking). Where we live is not "walkable" in that there are no bars, restaurants, shops, etc. within walking distance. Still, we have good sidewalks and many people of all ages are out every morning walking.
Many of my friends live in Cary not far from me. Some have bought a house, some are renting but plan to buy a house when they can.
You may want nightlife and bars within walking distance. But there are many of us in our twenties but out of college don't. Yes, when I was in college I spent my time in clubs near the campus with college friends. But now that I am out, particularly now that I am married, my taste have changed. I, and my friends, don't mine driving to restaurants and for shopping. Also, most of us want more variety than could possibly be found within walking distance of a house on a lot.
I don't have kids yet (but I plan to). But people who have little kids at home (very many of young couples) are not interested in nightlife. They have plenty to do.
I am almost a millennial. I was born late in 1979. But I moved to Cary when I was 29 (my wife was 27). I have many friends in (or near) Cary who are still in their 20's or early 30's. None of them live within an easy walk of nightlife, restaurants or shopping. None of them have mentioned that as a problem. None of them have complained about the lack of urban atmosphere.
Before our two kids were born (now 2 1/2 yr and 6 mo.) we frequently went out with friends to restaurants or to each others houses for dinner. Now, of course, we have a different kind of nightlife!
Does anyone have any real statistics about the "Y generation". Do they (the majority) really want urban and walkable neighborhoods and not want drivable suburbs? Are my friends and I (and Angie and her friends) unusual?
Post by angieadams on Jul 10, 2013 15:20:08 GMT -4
Brad, I don't have the data right now, but there have been some surveys that show that some young people want urban type living and others want suburban, drivable homes. The majority want suburbia after they get out of college. Fewer "millinials" than older people what suburbia, but still the majority of younger people want too own a single family home surronded by a yard. And many of the minority who want an urban lifestyle would not live in Cary no matter what we do. They would prefer downtown or other urban areas of Raleigh.
I am in my twenties and I am one of the majority who prefers suburban living. I live in West Cary with a big yard, on a cul-de-sac and lots of trees. I, like most people my age, prefer to drive to work and to shopping.