Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager
Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.
City Manager, Auburn Hills, MI
The above saying use to be the saying for politicians to try to be edgy and attract younger voters. Remember when M-TV actually showed music videos?
But did you know that more than half the nation’s voting age population is now over 45? Rock the vote might mean get the people out of the rocking chair. As the “baby boomers” age, one of the things we look at as we vision ten years out is what will our community look like? What type of services might we have to, or should offer? What type of businesses should we attract to provide the pre-mentioned service?
Should we revisit things like design standards and zoning to be ready for this large group of people that are going to represent the fact that 1 out of 3 Americans will be 50 or older in 2030. Do we dare address the issue that we do not promote our children to grow up and have more children?
These are just some of the questions that we try to beat up as we plan for the future. We don’t think anyone has the answers to what the future looks like, but we do want to think and plan for the possibilities.
One note that we have found is that the younger “start up families” and the downsizing older generations need a lot of the same things…Hmmm
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