Recent statistics indicate that suburban commercial centers were hit harder by the recession and are recovering more slowly than their urban counterparts. This circumstance is the opposite of prior recessions in the last half century, even as recently as the 2003 – 2004 dot com bubble recession, according to the Wallstreet Journal. During the current recession, the urban core of nearly every major city in the Country suffered substantially less loss of office and retail space than the suburbs surrounding them – including hard hit Detroit. The trend is no doubt exacerbated by the extra competition faced by bricks and mortar retailers from internet retailers. Downtown retailers tend to be “lifestyle” retailers such as restaurants and boutiques, catering to tourists and downtown pedestrians. Visits to such stores are often incidental to breaks from work or visits to the downtown area for other reasons. In contrast, suburban retailers tend to be “shopper” retailers such as “big box” stores, which customers visit for the sole purpose of making purchases. Such retailers tend to be more price and convenience sensitive and thus more vulnerable to competitive pricing from internet retailers. Moreover, urban renewal projects across the country appear to be working as office based businesses opt for the diverse environments of major city centers compared to the often sterile or isolated environments of suburban commercial nodes, even at the expense of conveniences such as easier parking. No doubt, the many urban light rail projects have lessened the inconvenience of downtown commutes while traffic jams and increasing gasoline prices have done the opposite for intra-suburban commuters. For those that are part of the downtown residential trend, downtown offices eliminate a vehicular commute altogether. Given the well documented costs of suburban sprawl, from high infra-structure costs, greater environmental impacts, and poorer physical conditioning and health (urban workers and residents walk more), this recent trend is sure to please smart growth and redevelopment advocates.