Economists, futurists, self-interested intown property owners and urban boosters have been foretelling of a great reverse migration of people from the suburbs back into city centers for a while now. Reasons range from the phenomenon of empty-nested baby boomers seeking retirement in close proximity to cosmopolitan culture to the looming specter of peak oil. Many of the condo towers built in Atlanta during the boom were underwritten in part on anticipated demand for intown housing resulting from these scenarios, and we all saw how that worked out. But perhaps the migration has been quietly occurring all along. Data on enrollment from intown schools certainly supports that notion, but Cobb County doesn't seem to be emptying out quite yet.
INTOWN ATLANTA POPULATION SURGE? [A is For Atlanta]