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Millennials are making "old-timey" jobs great again

Bartenders, barbers, butchers, craft brewers, bookbinders, furniture makers and fishmongers are among traditional jobs the Wall Street Journal reports are making a comeback in some gentrifying, working-class neighborhoods in cities such as Brooklyn, Portland and Pittsburgh.

Sociologist Richard Ocejo tells the WSJ that millennials are drawn to these jobs "as a reaction to 'the ephemerality of the digital age'."

Our thought bubble: These jobs tend to attract college-educated workers and will never number enough to replace the large-scale industrial, blue-collar jobs that have disappeared from cities.

Steve LeVine 10 hours ago
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The U.S. suburbs are hot again

The talk around the world is about the rise of the city. But in the U.S., suburbanization is accelerating, according to new Census data released today.

Data: Census Bureau, analysis by Jed Kolko at Indeed.com; Chart: Axios Visuals

What's happening: Since about 2011, the growth of the urban counties of large cities has been sliding. Population growth in their higher-density suburbs has been falling since 2015 as well. But, as you see in the chart above, lower-density suburbs had the highest growth among all places, and exurbs and small towns have also been on the rise, according to an analysis of the data by Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed.

Kim Hart 16 hours ago
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Sen. Cortez Masto: Safety is a key component of smart cities

Photo: Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said safety has to be a key component of new technological advances as they transform U.S. cities.

Why it matters: Citizens' safety is a primary concern as technology marches toward replacing humans in a number of different functions in our cities, such as driving. New attention has been drawn to this this issue by this week's fatal crash involving an autonomous vehicle in Arizona.