Ideas. Cities. Social Innovation.

Yes! Cities that provide walkable, vibrant urban environments will be well-placed to attract and retain millennials:

"We know that millennials choose downtowns over suburbs by a big percentage," said Finkle, whose Washington-based group represents economic development specialists around the world.

While cities like Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all lost population last decade, their downtowns have been growing, thanks largely to young professionals moving in.

A city that can attract and keep young talent, he said, is a city that will compete in the new economy.

Suddenly, downtown Cleveland is looking like a contender.

If GM is serious about appealing to Millennials, it should get into the bicycle and train business as well as cars:

Of course, Millennials are more likely than past generations to live in an urban community, and this may be part of what terrifies car markers. About 32 percent reside in cities, somewhat higher than the proportion of Generation X’ers or Baby Boomers who did when they were the same age, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center report. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, surveys have found that 88 percent want to live in an urban environment. When they’re forced to settle down in a suburb, they prefer communities like Bethesda, Maryland, or Arlington, Virginia, which feature plenty of walking distance restaurants, retail, and public transportation to nearby Washington, DC. 

To a degree, twentsomethings — sometimes referred to as millennials — have something of a bad reputation when it comes to employment.

When they’re not accused of being chronically unemployed or underemployed, they’re told they’re spoiled ne’er-do-wells who can’t hold a job for longer than 15 minutes, who want to get paid for doing nothing, who have no idea where they’re going and therefore never get there.

In fact, twentysomethings do know what they want — and it’s not the same as the generations before them. Their priorities have shifted in ways that signal their generation will be our leaders when it comes to pursuing something more important than the almighty dollar.

From my experience, solid advice. The tips definitely resonate with me. In particular:

Understand that Gen Y views career as life. Work-life integration is the new work-life balance. Gen Y is a hyper-communicative, constantly “on” generation that always expects a response and can easily transition from personal to professional at the speed of a tweet. To them, their career is life and life is their career—it’s one and the same, and this can be a great thing for your company.

Almost describes me to a t.

Two Ms - Minorities and Millennials - expected to drive growth and demand in the coming years:

“It’s a difficult time for housing,” said former Mayor Henry Cisneros, a member of the Housing Commission and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

But how the country responds and reshapes its housing policies will influence such issues as whether people rent or own homes in the coming decades or how well people can graduate out of subsidized housing. The big policy question, Cisneros said, is: “What’s the right structure?”

Demographics are driving everything, and it’s a bumpy road.

Most of the country’s population growth is happening in minority populations — the same groups hit the hardest by the housing downturn in terms of lost household wealth and declines in homeownership rates.

“That is where housing issues will be addressed or not addressed,” demographer Steve Murdock of Rice University said. “Hispanics are the key to this growth.”

And echo boomers — the members of another group hit hard by the recession as they’ve struggled to start careers — will be the generation driving the next wave of household formation.

In the end, we had to conclude that, for the foreseeable future, high housing prices would be a fact of life. For those of us over 50, that is generally a good thing. For those of us under 35, it is currently a very bad thing indeed. We tried to figure out a way to make high home prices an advantage for everyone. We needed to find a way for current homeowners to be able to access their equity should they want to, and for entry level homeowners to start capturing some equity of their own.

The particulars of Hasler’s young career can appear exotic and, yes, flighty. But his essential experience—tacking swiftly from job to job and field to field, learning new skills all the while—resembles the pattern that increasingly defines our careers.