Washtenaw County bucked the state trend and gained over 20,000 residents in the last decade. Ann Arbor, though, lost 1,500 residents.
How could the city with the lowest unemployment rate in the state lose people? David Cahill has the answer:
That's right folks: Ann Arbor is losing residents (while surrounding townships are gaining people) because we are building too many large residential developments. Quoi? Are we to believe that building more housing drives people away? Is the opposite true? If we begin demolishing houses and apartments will we draw more people into Ann Arbor?
I could see the high price of housing in Ann Arbor driving people out. And maybe building upscale residential developments precludes building more affordable housing to some degree. But seriously? It seems like we've lost population because it's easy to live just outside of the city limits and still have access to great schools, the downtown area, and live in a cookie-cutter house. More housing in Ann Arbor, provided it is somewhat affordable, seems like it would reverse this trend. It's all about incentives, folks.