You can already see the beginnings of it in small cities like Galesburg, Illinois. In Galesburg, the train station is right downtown, surrounded by an increasingly vital business community with shops and stores and my favorite - - cobble streets.
I visited Galesburg this spring, arriving by train from Chicago on Illinois' 4th busiest train route. It is ripe for more downtown apartments, young Gen Yers raising families, and professionals and teleworkers living there for the small town atmosphere- - and going to Chicago whenever they need. We predict Galesburg, and other smaller cities located on passenger rail routes, will double or triple in population in the next 30 years.