The suburban slide threatens the region’s prosperity as a whole. New York and the region’s other cities depend on the suburbs for a large share of their workforce, and the metropolitan area’s appeal depends in part on having a diverse mix of urban and suburban communities. Without more suburban housing priced for different income levels, cities will bear a heavy burden of meeting the region’s affordable-housing needs.
The number of jobs in New York City has risen 12% since 2003. In Northern New Jersey and Southwestern Connecticut, jobs have declined 1%.
While poverty remains concentrated in the region’s urban core, the poverty rate is rising faster outside of New York City.
‘We live right downtown so it’s very convenient. I take my kids out every day in the summertime, it’s just accessible, the malls there, stores, grocery shopping, everything.’ Lisa, Fairfield County, CT
For decades, the largest share of housing construction took place in the suburbs. The tide began to turn in the mid-1990s due to a combination of high demand in New York City, pro-development policies in New York City and other cities, and restrictive zoning in many suburban communities.