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From rundown to revamped: US fringe markets hit their prime

As more people in the U.S. follow the country-to-city shift, it's reshaping and refreshing the urban environment in a number of American cities.

Whether it’s the job opportunities, the cultural scene or the convenience of having amenities on your doorstep, urban living is becoming an increasingly popular option.

As more people in the U.S. follow the country-to-city shift, it’s reshaping and refreshing the urban environment in a number of American cities – and in many cases changing previously rundown areas for the better.

Scott Homa, JLL’s Director of U.S. Office Research, says: “In the U.S., the urban population shift is helping revitalize and reinvent formerly dilapidated outskirts of many cities. The fringe locations of these former ‘ghost towns’ are actually an asset, offering a wider range of uses than the 9-to-5 coffee shops and office buildings often found in many city centers.

“What’s most interesting is that this trend is happening in markets from coast to coast, not just in major cities.”

Here are just some of the cities across the U.S. where living on the fringe is no longer a bad thing.

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