The pattern of Americans moving North to South has slowed.

“The continuing economic downturn has drastically altered the internal migration habits of Americans, turning the flood of migrants into the Sun Belt and out of states like New York, Massachusetts and California into a relative trickle, an analysis of recent federal data confirms” Jennifer Medina and Sabrina Tavernise write in the NY Times.  These trends are especially so for young adults who now are picking cities like Washington, Denver and Boston instead of Atlanta, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

When, and some are probably wondering if, the economy recovers, Northeners may resume migration South.  But cities in the North are not losing as many people, especially young people. 

What impact will this have on urban mission in our Midwestern cities?

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