Stories about hip young white people moving into decaying urban centers and revitalizing them with their trendy creative brilliance are a dime a dozen.This has something to do with the urbanist bias of the blue journalist world; it also reflects print media’s desperate quest to sell dead trees to people under 30.It has little to do with American life. As Wendell Cox at New Geography writes, the 2010 census figures show that in each of America’s eight largest metropolitan areas,
The suburbs grew at a rate substantially greater than that of the core municipality. The core municipalities had an average growth from 2000 to 2010 of 3.2 percent. Suburban growth was 21.7 percent, nearly 7 times as great. Overall, the number of people added to the suburbs was 14 times that added to the core municipalities.
Americans still love suburbs; urban planners still hate them. That should change. Making the burbs work is the key to making America work, and the burbs should be the center of our intellectual and policy focus. This Phil McDermott piece at Newgeography is an interesting start.