Catching the next wave: Older adults and the 'new urbanism'

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This article explores the influence the baby boom population has had on America's built environment to 2010 and speculates on how it will influence the environment from here on. Planning and zoning will certainly be retooled, but so will housing choices and transportation options. In many respects, meeting the needs of the aging boomers - not members of Gen X or Gen Y - will bring America true urbanism. The country will be a very different place in 2030 compared to what it is in 2010. Between 2011 and 2029, America's baby boom population will turn 65. Just as their presence reshaped America's built environment in the 1950s through the 1990s, so will they reshape it over the next generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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