Written by Joel Kotkin Kotkin is also a Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures with Chapman University. He has been studying the economic future growth of the United States. He describes his continuous efforts of rebuilding cities economic status especially those that are no longer being used now due to growth in the shopping world such as malls and retail stores.
Kotlin predicts that by 2050 people will start to leave the big cities and move to more suburban parts of the country. He wants to create “lifestyle centers” Rick Caruso (a developer known for turning malls into places that allow more sociality. Such as vast walkways, parks, and sidewalk café’s. One of these is now in Calabasas California where he has taken the common area and designed it into a place that functions like a traditional Main Street and where parking is now underground.
Inaddition to these lifestyle centers, Kotkin suggests making a new neighborhood network. The Flatbush Family Network is a popular parent- oriented network in Southern California. Other groups also started working as agents to these family and community activities. Other alternatives to these neighborhoods include digital networks as well.