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'Urban' is Bigger than it Appears

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ULI released a report this month, Housing in the Evolving American Suburb, which found that suburbs are grabbing more than 90 percent of metropolitan growth. The report is based on a "new analytic framework" to parse what is urban and what is suburban. ULI's sorting system is often hard to understand. Queens, New York, laid out on an urban grid with more than 21,000 people per square mile, is mostly a suburb, ULI says. San Jose, California, with one-quarter the density and dominated by winding, suburban subdivisions, is classified as mostly "urban." I doubt that anyone is moving from San Jose to Queens to escape urban living.

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