Urban Population Explosion: More Apartment Therapy?

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Las Vegas from '73 to '92

We read yesterday's NYTimes with great interest, as it beamed in on the still growing world population in cities and urban areas: U.N. Predicts Urban Population Explosion. According to the UN Population Fund report, "By next year, more than half the world’s population, 3.3 billion people, will for the first time live in towns and cities, and the number is expected to swell to almost five billion by 2030."...

Meanwhile, in the US, there was a companion story: Biggest Urban Growth Is in South and West. According to the latest US Census, during the past few years "the biggest population growth nationwide occurred in urban hubs in the South and the West — now home to 7 of the 10 most populous cities." Of course, Las Vegas was right in there, but so was Phoenix, Dallas and our own Newark, next door.

All of which means, that there's going to be a lot more people who are going to need help with their homes. When you get fast growth, you get a loss of memory, a loss of all the collective wisdom you need for setting up good homes and communities.

We've been thinking a lot about where to take Apartment Therapy next, and remembering our original vision to spread out and push down locally into more cities so that each one really reflects the area and provides a specific community for home owners and renters. With this type of urban growth being reported, it seems to make even more sense, but what would AT: Phoenix look like? Although it's growing, are there enough blogreaders and furniture choices in Phoenix to make it work? What would we find in Scavenger at AT: Dallas?

Got some feedback? Let us know. We're going to be thinking about the road ahead all summer.

(Pic: US Geologic Survey)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.