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In a recent Financial Times article, Kate Allen chronicles the rush back into urban centers from the suburbs built a generation earlier with the promise of being oases from the congestion of the city. Because of this kind of reverse migration and thirst for urbanity, the population of metropolises around the world is nearing record highs—but without the housing and other resources to match. That situation, compounded with the rising mobility of work, are creating a counter push. So while major cities accommodate growth by adding density to the traditional urban core, growth is also happening immediately outside of it. Suburban centers, for example, are urbanizing, generating jobs and attracting commerce from communities that fall within their own orbits; the same holds true for small cities and neighborhoods that fall outside of the center.