The urban landscape in the United States is undergoing a remarkable transformation, driven by technological, shifting consumer preferences and imagination. This evolution is shaping not only the way we live but also influencing the strategies employed in urban development. If you look around, it’s hard to miss some of the innovative approaches that are paving the way for the future of urban living.
In the world of urban development, a holistic perspective is becoming increasingly valuable. Creating an atmosphere with sectors such as entertainment, hospitality, coworking and community gatherings has become a defining feature of modern urban living. Is this the Gen Z effect? Hard to say for certain, but certainly the more balanced approach to living and working is part and parcel of their trademark.
Exploring the ever-evolving landscape of urban living, it’s clear that innovative approaches and adaptable strategies are key in meeting the changing needs and expectations of residents. Below, we’ll delve deeper into the subject, highlighting the dynamic trends that continue to shape our cities and the role of companies in creating vibrant urban communities.
The Harmonious Blend of Sectors
These shifts create a unique and vibrant environment that caters to the diverse needs of urban dwellers. The Cordish Companies have taken a pioneering approach in this regard. They intentionally blend residential and urban sectors to create unique environments.
This is exemplified by projects like their Kansas City Power & Light District and St. Louis Ballpark Village developments. Here, residents not only enjoy luxurious upscale apartments but also have access to entertainment venues, cultural attractions, grocery stores, fitness facilities, coworking spaces and a plethora of amenities—all within walking distance.
“You have to choreograph and build the environment first before you expand to the residential part of urban living,” said David Cordish, Founder of The Cordish Companies. The integration of these unique sectors reflects the growing desire among urban residents for a well-rounded and convenient lifestyle. When asked what living in an urban landscape should look like, IREX program associate Nathan Trees said, “When looking at places to move to, key factors like public transportation, green space and proximity to walkable commercial areas are what make it worth the cost of living in urban areas.” Capturing the growing demand among urban residents for a well-rounded and convenient lifestyle is key to developing residential areas.
Urban Development in the Age of Remote Work
Recent years have witnessed significant shifts in urban living trends, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Zippia, 27% of U.S. employees work remotely, as of 2023. Within the next two years, that number is expected to grow—with over 35 million employees working remotely. Remote work opportunities have reshaped how and where people live, work and play. With the future of work trending to remote, people need ample space to be able to stay productive while at home.
Global employment platform OysterHR explains, “With the help of modern tools and technology, working from anywhere is easier than ever before. Employees love this arrangement because it improves their work-life balance. They have greater control over how their day is structured and no longer have to deal with the stresses and lost time that come with commuting.” Remote workers have more freedom to choose where they live because they don’t have to live as close to work.
Developers have adapted by designing environments that accommodate these changes. For example, Cordish’s Three Light Luxury Apartments, which opened in Kansas City last month, feature amenity spaces, coworking areas and innovative workspaces, catering to residents’ evolving needs to be able to work remotely.
John Moncke, President of the Power & Light District stated, “We are creating environments that support that shift and allow for that flexibility. People are choosing where to live based on amenities, not just living space.”
Innovation’s Role in Shaping Urban Communities
Innovation plays a pivotal role in inspiring urban growth and transformation. Forward-thinking developments that blend entertainment, retail, restaurants, offices, and residential spaces have become vibrant urban communities. These developments are providing constant innovation that reshapes entire neighborhoods and cities, making them popular destinations.
The infusion of innovation into every facet of development is what enriches the community experience. Residents in urban communities want to be immersed in environments that foster creativity and inspiration, giving them ample opportunity they wouldn’t receive elsewhere. In fact, a recent press release from the Census Bureau stated that the nation’s urban population increased by 6.4% between 2010 and 2020, and this is expected to increase annually. Cultivating a sense of community remains a critical element in the urban living experience. It not only enriches the lives of residents but also enhances the very essence of these innovative urban developments. As cities continue to evolve and grow, the fusion of innovation and community-building creates urban spaces that not only offer the latest in technology and design but also provide a deep sense of belonging and connection, making them beacons of inspiration and progress for generations to come.
Paving the Way for the Future of Urban Living
As the urban living landscape continues to evolve, innovative approaches and adaptable strategies are essential for meeting the changing needs and expectations of residents. The future is now, and it is here. Adaptability to changing urban trends, and commitment to fostering vibrant communities, exemplifies the future of urban living. In an era where urban living demands continue to shift, developers who prioritize innovation, flexibility, and community-building are shaping the urban landscape of tomorrow. Urban living is not just about physical spaces; it’s about creating an environment that fosters growth, inspiration, and a true sense of belonging for all residents. More companies will need to take this approach to better redefine the possibilities of urban living, helping contribute to a brighter and more dynamic future.
Cordish’s Moncke added, “We use our in-house hospitality expertise to create a unique lifestyle for our residents with one-of-a-kind experiences. The goal is that there is an element of a resort-inspired environment when you get home.”