Compared to the L.A. suburb I grew up in, Provo feels very urban. It’s walkable, filled with independent restaurants, has a thriving music scene and generally has more “city” amenities than sleeper communities. And for whatever reason, I’ve gravitated toward that kind of living, rather than a more suburban model.
Apparently I’m not alone. This article mentions that members of Generation Y (I prefer “millennials”) generally don’t want McMansions. I suppose the jury will still be out on this topic until my generation entirely enters middle and old age, but as for myself I can’t imagine ever wanting to life in a place like Glendora — which isn’t terrible by any means — instead of a place like Provo.
The fact that my generation is eschewing McMansions is really, really good for Provo. Unlike a huge metropolis that attracts youth and repels families, Provo has a decent mix of the things that make both cities and suburbs attractive. It has a strong mix dwelling types, reasonable cost of living, walkability, arts and entertainment and interest in education. If it continues to develop and is marketed correctly it should therefore be able to attract both the young and the recently-not-so-young.