The new suburbia is coming

The suburbs are coming back, and not necessarily because of COVD-19. The resurgence is founded in a confluence of economics, demographics, and to a lesser degree, pandemic driven work environment changes. The high cost of living in cities, lack of open space to rear children, and safety issues eventually make the suburbs attractive to new […]

The rise of the narcissistic consumer

Narcissism is a rapidly emerging consumer emotion that has the potential of dramati­cally changing how brands interact with their customers. As Kit Yarrow, a leading consumer psychologist stated, “Narcissis­tic behavior is a by-product of the evolv­ing psychology of today’s consumer who is more emotional, self-centered, self-righteous, stressed, and quicker to anger.” She goes on to […]

The rising tide of fandom

Fans of specific interests have existed since time immemorial. In today’s culture, the number and intensity of fans has reached a fever pitch and is morphing into fandom.  Many sociologists attribute the rise of fandom to less interpersonal socialization (partly driven by fragmented families and social media), which is creating a need to closely identify with […]

The rebirth of small communities

A growing number of aging Millennials are discovering smaller communities as a place where they want to raise their families. Their motivation for moving to these less densely populated areas is to seek a better lifestyle for their new families in terms of safety, environment, and a sense of community. The latter is perhaps most […]