9. ORGANIC GROWTH CITIES
"Organic Growth Cities," a Top Trend for 2018, celebrates the rebirth of down and out towns struggling through hard economic times.
In nations around the world, during the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing centers blossomed in regions rich in natural resources, ports, waterways and rail lines that were vital for production and distribution. When the Industrial Age died, so too did many of these communities.
But now they are coming back. Why? Many people moving back to these old-time towns want to escape the congestion of large metropolitan areas that have also become too unaffordable to live in.
And now with new families and young professionals looking for the feel of a big city outside of an actual big city, in this online world of telecommuting, there is a big move to high-end small towns.
Although the factories have closed and the Main Streets were beaten down, what has been left behind is now being both valued and restored by these new young up-and-comers who value locations within striking distance of airports, urban centers and major cities. They are attracted to these rich history cities with magnificent buildings and desirable natural surroundings.
What makes these cities organic is that they are growing naturally without relying on industries, resources or transportation hubs to support them.
TREND FORECAST: States, cities and towns that develop new economic models to promote themselves as tourist destinations, attractive bedroom communities, or other niches can realize sustained population and economic growth.
Moreover, in a world saturated in corporate sameness – formulated music, art, entertainment, shopping and dining – the hometown touch that delivers products and services with home-style appeal and in authentic settings is an "Organic Growth Cities" trend you can bank on.