Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Decaying suburbs?

An interesting article at The Atlantic posits the idea of residential single-family suburbs turning into tomorrow's low income communities, homes divided into rental units, while cities redevelop and gentrify.

Key idea paragraph:
For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe this swing will continue. As it does, many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and ’70s—slums characterized by poverty, crime, and decay.
It's interesting to think about. While I certainly could believe it, I'd like to know more about the reasons for these changes other than just "there's lots of demand out there." They said that about Clear Pepsi.

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