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City Centers in U.S. Gain Share of Jobs as Suburbs Lose

The deepest downturn since the Great Depression has interrupted a decades-long trend of jobs steadily moving to the suburbs and hollowing out urban business districts across the U.S., a study finds.

City centers gained a greater share of employment than their outer rings between 2007 and 2010, according to a report today from the Brookings Institution. It’s not all good news -- big suburban job losses, not large downtown gains -- drove the shift and metropolitan economies are more decentralized than they were in 2000.