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SHoP Architects partner and urban planning guru Vishaan Chakrabarti has an oped in the Times about increased migration to cities, which is a trend propelled not only by "hipsters" but also families, older workers, and retirees. To be sure, millennials are a driving force of the movement, in part because cities are have lower crime, better schools, and better parks than they used to, while getting a mortgage and a car in the 'burbs is a pricey proposition. In response, Chakrabarti argues, we need to improve infrastructure and pour tax dollars into making cities even better and more functional. [NYT; photo via Curbed Photo Pool/Boss Tweed]