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Presidential candidates and journalists fawn over rural and small-town America even though most Americans—more than 80 percent of us—live in cities and suburbs. Why?
Read two responses to this question—one from Brookings, the other from BLDGBLOG.
Posted at 07:58 AM in Cities, Links, Queries | Permalink
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Well, the first thing we could do to stop the power of this false narrative is to stop buying into the red/blue political discourse. If you go to the electoral maps found in the BLDGBLOG link you will see that it is hard to find a "red" county that doesn't include a reasonable dose of blue, and hard to find a "blue" county without a notable bit of red.
Neither our values nor our politics are all that divided by our geography - something an entire media industry is heavily invested in making sure we don't ever notice.
October 20, 2008 at 08:50 AM
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