For the first time in a lifetime, the U.S. Census reported earlier this year that cities are growing faster than suburbs. And the leading U.S. housing expert said suburbs are now in long term decline.
That's certainly the case with St. Croix County. Population in St. Croix County has not grown as fast as the urban counties of Hennepin and Ramsey in the last five years. And housing sales are lagging behind those two more urban counties in our metro area as well.
It's not a blip. It's a generational change, as younger people need and prefer communities with light rail and train stations. In fact, a professor at the University of Las Vegas says the only suburban cities that are growing are those with train stations.
We can keep St. Croix County prosperous and growing by getting a commuter train station in Hudson.
The SCV Rail Group is a group of local business people and citizens supporting a train station for Hudson. The group has people from Hudson, New Richmond, and River Falls, all in St. Croix County.
William Draves is a small businessman, Wisconsin native, and futurist living in River Falls.