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The Baby Bust Generation

AudiR10 Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 11:51 AM
In the City of Toronto, the average high-rise condo (which is all they are building) is 500 square feet and costs $300,000 plus taxes, maintenance fees and parking (if available). If you want a standard stand-alone house, you'll pay close to $1 million for it. Who can live here and afford children too -- and if you can afford them, where do you stack them when you've got 500 square feet on the 61st floor?

FERTILITY IN AMERICA has been declining for years. According to the Pew Research Center, the nation's birth rate hit an all-time low in 2011 – just 63 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. It was almost twice as high – 123 births per 1,000 women – at the peak of the Baby Boom in 1957.

As babies and children disappear from a society, what takes their place? One answer, as journalist Jonathan V. Last observes in a forthcoming book, "What to Expect When No One's Expecting," is pets.

In surveys taken from the 1940s to the 1980s, fewer...