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Jobs continue to creep out of downtowns

Work in suburbs doubles while areas closer to cities decline

4:21 PM, Apr. 20, 2013
People pass Morgan Stanley's headquarters in New York. The share of jobs in or near a downtown declined in 91 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2010, new research shows.
People pass Morgan Stanley's headquarters in New York. The share of jobs in or near a downtown declined in 91 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2010, new research shows.
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The recession put the brakes on job growth but did nothing to reverse a decades-long trend: job sprawl.

Despite the economic slump, the share of metropolitan areas' jobs farther from downtowns increased from 2000 to 2010, according to Brookings Institution research out Thursday. The share of jobs located in or near a downtown declined in 91 of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas.

"Job sprawl continued steadily," said Elizabeth Kneebone, author of the report and fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. ...

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