"A half-century of suburbanization paused in the late 1990's, even as public concern about suburban sprawl grew, according to a report on economic and demographic trends in 31 counties in and around New York City," the New York Times reports.
"The area's suburban ring continued to gain residents and jobs, but its core urban areas gained in those areas too, at nearly identical rates, reversing a pattern that began in 1945, the study found."
Two Rutgers researchers, James W. Hughes and Joseph J. Seneca, authored the study.
"After 50 years of suburban growth, the psychology was, 'We don't want any more,' " Dr. Hughes told the Times.
Empty-nesters, children of baby-boomers and immigrants were among the groups turning away from suburban,single-family "McMansions" and showing interest in urban living.