Today’s Millennial Pins: March 17, 2016

Good morning, it’s March 17, a Thursday. Here are today’s pins.

location_pin_sphere_red Have we hit “Peak Millennial” in U.S. cities? Atlantic City Lab poses this smart question.

USC urban planing professor Dowell Myers says Millennials are now on the other side of the city boom. The main reason: Millennials are a large cohort that are now at a certain age, and so the shift out of cities and into suburbs will cause a drop in population.

I’m saying the same thing. The suburban and small-city shift is on, and big cities will feel the burn. Meanwhile, I’m cooking up something good on other peaks in the Sharing Economy. More on that later this spring.

location_pin_sphere_red More on the women-leaving-work-earlier-than-men thread: this writer says it’s more about women being underpaid, under-appreciated and disconnected. Men do the same thing, the piece argues, although it doesn’t explain the “burnout” thing. As in women actually leave the force.

I can definitely entertain that women are underpaid and under-appreciated at work. But I’m sure other women are overwhelmed. I’m sure nurture plays a role. I’m sure nature (having children) plays a role. A lot of things play roles. If we can help women in the workplace (by paying them equally and corresponding to skill, by appreciating them more) we’re on the right path to a better workforce.

location_pin_sphere_red TGI Fridays has launched a new kind of Millennial-focused space in Corpus Christi, Texas, with open floor plans and “hangout spaces” filled with couches, armchairs and small chat areas. Bar space and afternoon hang time is emphasized. There’s a deli case with grab-and-go options, plus tons of coffee and a “hangover brunch” on weekends. Late at night, trivia, music and open-mic nights will reign.

location_pin_sphere_red And Wal-Mart is seeing success with Millennials. How? By changing nothing. The mega-box chain reports two-thirds of Millennials have shopped in a Wal-Mart in the past month, and the store’s market share increased by 4.5 percent among Millennial mothers since 2014. And it’s apparently all because – wait for it – Wal-Mart is affordable and has a lot of stuff.

Millennials are just like their parents, the Baby Boomers.

location_pin_sphere_red Finally, here’s my latest column at the Times Herald-Record, focused on being a part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as a 31-year-old. It’s certainly not the same as when I was 24.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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