The Urbanist

Small Cities

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16 January 2020

Episode 431

30 minutes

They’re not for everyone but the best small cities can have life-enhancing advantages. Living in them isn’t only about space, comfort and affordability – but a more community-minded feel too.

16 January 2020

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Chapter 1

Why are people moving to small cities?

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There are many reasons why young people choose to move to a smaller city but in most cases it comes down to affordability. Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at California’s Chapman University, explains more.

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Spotlight: Hobart, Australia

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One of the highest-ranked places in our Small Cities Index is Hobart in Tasmania. We dispatched Mikaela Aitken to profile the city that stands at number 4 on our list.

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Chapter 3

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Spotlight: Boulder, Colorado (USA)

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Monocle’s Americas editor at large, Ed Stocker, reports on the city that sits in second place in our Small Cities Index: Boulder, Colorado.

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