The soaring cost of energy has started the buck the half-century-old trend of migration to suburbs and exurbs, the New York Times reports. The cost of reaching a far-off home, let alone heating and cooling it, is becoming untenable for many. From Atlanta and Philadelphia to San Francisco and Minneapolis, prices of homes outside the urban core have fallen faster than those downtown.
The trend threatens to exacerbate the housing crisis as more than 3 in 4 buyers say they want to live close to an urban center. "Typically, Americans have felt the periphery was most desirable, and now there’s going to be a reversion to the center," said one economist.