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  • This is Obama's War on the Suburbs

    07/15/2014 10:59:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-15-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, as an adjunct, or a continuation of the discussion just now on the polling data, the Washington Post/ABC News showing how bad it is for the Republicans, the way they're handling the immigration crisis on the Southern border. I had a sound bite yesterday from the governor of Nebraska and I did not get to it, and I could shoot myself for not getting to it. I don't need it now, too late now. It's my bad. But I can tell you what it was about. The governor of Nebraska was livid when he found out...
  • Obama will wait until after election to impose his vision of how we should live

    05/28/2014 10:17:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Powerline ^ | 5-28-14 | Paul Mirengoff
    I wrote here and here about the Obama administration’s proposed rule on “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH), an attempt to dictate how we shall live. In essence, President Obama seeks to use the power of the national government to create communities of a certain kind, each having what the federal government deems an appropriate mix of economic, racial, and ethnic diversity. The proposed AFFH rule, issued last July, was expected to be finalized by the end of last year. But the year ended with no further action. 2014 was supposed to be the year Obama’s “year of action” — the...
  • Companies Say Goodbye to the 'Burbs

    12/06/2013 2:37:32 PM PST · by qaz123 · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 06Dec13 | Lauren Weber
    When Motorola Mobility lined up a Silicon Valley candidate a few months ago for a VP-level role, the phone maker was hopeful he'd accept. After all, the company offered the chance to develop products at a subsidiary of Google Inc. The engineer declined. His reason: the prospect of relocating to Libertyville, Ill., about 35 miles from downtown Chicago, said Scott Sullivan, Motorola's head of human resources.
  • The Suburbs Are the New Swing States

    12/02/2013 10:53:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 29, 2013 | RICHARD FLORIDA
    American politics turn on a now familiar set of categories: red states vs. blue states, rich states vs. poor states, Frostbelt vs. Sunbelt. But these generalizations mask deeper, less visible fissures in our political geography. We have written a great deal about the role of density in metropolitan voting patterns, highlighting the remarkably consistent and robust political red-to-blue tipping point that occurs when a metro reaches a density of roughly 800 residents per square mile. I took a deeper look at our emerging political geography in a recent feature for Politico magazine, where I argued that the suburbs have become...
  • Poverty Isn't Just in City Ghettos; It's Hit the Land of Picket Fences, Too

    08/14/2013 4:06:10 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 14, 2013 | Emily Deruy
    Poverty is often associated with inner city ghettos, fenced-off projects, or neighborhoods ridden with vice and crime. But the fastest growing poor population actually resides in the land of minivans, picket fences, and big box stores: suburbia. According to a recent Brookings Institution analysis, major metropolitan suburbs became home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country in the 2000s. Poverty levels increased in nearly every congressional district in the nation, hitting Republican and Democratic districts alike. So why is poverty moving beyond major city limits? The authors of that analysis lay out several triggers in a recent...
  • Obama Admin Plans To 'Force' Americans To Move Into Cities

    07/02/2013 3:39:45 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 130 replies
    You Tube ^ | 67/2/13 | XRepublicTV
    "Redistributing" the Wealth
  • Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren’t What You Think

    04/13/2013 7:28:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    New Geography ^ | April 8, 2013 | Joel Kotkin
    America’s urban landscape is changing, but in ways not always predicted or much admired by our media, planners, and pundits. The real trend-setters of the future—judged by both population and job growth—are not in the oft-praised great “legacy” cities like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, but a crop of newer, more sprawling urban regions primarily located in the Sun Belt and, surprisingly, the resurgent Great Plains. While Gotham and the Windy City have experienced modest growth and significant net domestic out-migration, burgeoning if often disdained urban regions such as Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Charlotte, and Oklahoma City have expanded rapidly....
  • Obama, Suburbs, and Guns

    04/12/2013 4:20:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 12, 2013 | Stanley Kurtz
    A few days ago, John Hinderaker asked why President Obama was putting so much effort into a seemingly futile political push on gun control. An article in today’s Washington Post, provides a possible answer. The piece suggests that the growth of suburbs in key states is changing the political calculus on guns in Congress. As population in many large states shifts from rural areas to suburbs, attitudes toward gun control shift accordingly.Look at it this way. Married parents in suburbs are a core Republican constituency. Rightly or wrongly, many of those parents think gun control might make their school-aged...
  • Sprawling and Struggling: Poverty Hits America's Suburbs

    03/22/2013 4:53:08 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | 22 Mar 13 | Allison Linn
    <p>Like many Americans who move to the suburbs, Tara Simons came to West Hartford, Conn., because she wanted her daughter to grow up in a nice, safe place with good schools.</p> <p>Tara Simons, left, and her daughter Alexis talk in their kitchen in West Hartford, Conn.</p>
  • Obama’s Plans for the Suburbs: And How to Stop Them

    03/19/2013 9:42:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | march 18, 2013 | stanley kurtz
    This DOE project explores a variety of strategies designed to curb America’s greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 percent by about 2050. Arguably the most controversial of those reports covers the “effects of the built environment on transportation.” To put it plainly, the “built environment” report lays out strategies the federal government can use to force development away from suburbs and into cities, supposedly for the sake of reducing carbon dioxide emissions given off by all those suburban commuters. The Obama administration wants to force so-called smart growth policies on the country: get out of your car, stay out of...
  • Republican Hopes Rest on Suburban Comeback

    12/30/2012 12:53:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/30/2012 | PATRICK REDDY
    Anytime a party suffers an unexpected defeat, there are two general responses: assigning blame and planning a better strategy for next time.After Jimmy Carter in 1980 was — in the words of CBS News’ Bob Schieffer — “whomped” by Ronald Reagan, Democrats went through both reactions. As would be expected, the Reagan victory caused much debate in Democratic Party circles about how to respond. (Mostly every Democrat except Jimmy Carter’s inner circle agreed that Democratic mistakes had greatly helped Reagan.) More traditional Democrats like Walter Mondale believed that Reagan’s victory was largely due to national anger over inflation and...
  • A Suburban Swing Toward Romney. Obama’s support from wealthy suburbanites is melting away

    10/25/2012 7:17:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2012 | Michael Barone
    Back in May, I wrote a column laying out possible scenarios for the 2012 campaign different from the conventional wisdom that it would be a long, hard slog through a fixed list of target states, like the race in 2004. I thought alternatives were possible because partisan preferences in the half dozen years before 2004 were very stable, while partisan preferences over the last half dozen years have been anything but. Now, after Mitt Romney’s big victory in the October 3 debate and his solid performances in the October 16 and 22 debates, there is evidence that two of my...
  • Obama’s Plan for Ohio : Making suburban taxpayers prop up failing Democratic cities

    10/08/2012 6:54:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/08/2012 | Stanley Kurtz
    Suburbanites of Ohio, listen up. As swing voters in the ultimate swing state, you will have an outsized impact on this election. President Obama has pledged to govern in the interests of middle-class voters like you. With so much resting on your shoulders, that is a promise you should scrutinize with care. What exactly are Obama’s plans for Ohio’s suburban communities? The answer may shock you. President Obama aims to help Ohio’s Democrats bail out your state’s struggling cities by forcibly transferring suburban tax money to urban treasuries. It’s a bold plan to redistribute the wealth of Ohio’s suburbs. It...
  • America’s Last Politically Contested Territory: The Suburbs

    09/21/2012 12:42:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Sep 21, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    Within the handful of swing states, the presidential election will come down to a handful of swing counties: namely the suburban voters who reside in about the last contested places in American politics. Even in solid-red states, big cities tilt overwhelmingly toward President Obama and the Democrats, and even in solid-blue ones, the countryside tends to be solidly Republican. What remains contested are the suburbs, which—despite the breathless talk in recent years of an urban revival—have accounted for 90 percent of metropolitan growth over the past decade. But as the suburbs have grown—in large part by collecting families priced out...
  • CA’s Awful Prop. 31: Is This Your Future? [becoming second-class citizens in your own state]

    09/04/2012 10:59:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | September 4, 2012 | Stanley Kurtz
    Wake up California. You are perilously close to ratifying Proposition 31, a sweepingly redistributionist and profoundly undemocratic transformation of your way of life, and you don’t even know what’s at stake. Suburbanites of California, you are the special targets of Prop. 31. Act now, or be turned into second-class citizens in your own state. Wake up America. Look toward the regionalist revolution on California’s horizon. In an era of looming municipal bankruptcies, this could be your fate: robbing the suburbs to pay for the cities. The regionalist transformation now being quietly pressed on California is exactly the sort of change...
  • Obama Surreptitiously Implementing a Radical Plan to DESTROY American Suburbs

    08/15/2012 6:49:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    High fuel prices... redistributive taxes... electric cars with a 30 mi range It should come to no surprise to any casual observer of US politcs that Barack Obama and his 'progressive' ilk hate suburbanites almost as much as they do clingers, save some residual hope-n-changey soccer moms out there in the greenbelt, maybe. But if a new book by Stanley Kurtz has any truth to it, the Obama Administration abhors the actual, physical suburbs that produce these irritatingly self-confident types, too- and have already actively targeted the suburban lifestyle -glittering icon of the American standard-of-living the world over- for destruction.  Typical of this despicable regime's m.o....
  • SCRUBBED : PHOTO OF PRESIDENT OBAMA REMOVED JUST DAYS AFTER BOOK EXPOSES AGENDA TO ELIMINATE SUBURBS

    08/12/2012 12:18:45 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 113 replies
    Breitbart-Big Government ^ | 8-12-2012 | Lee Stranahan
    August 12, 2012SCRUBBED : PHOTO OF PRESIDENT OBAMA REMOVED JUST DAYS AFTER BOOK EXPOSES AGENDA TO ELIMINATE SUBURBS by Lee Stranahan A photo of President Obama was suddenly pulled from the website of the group Building One America, whose goals were documented extensively in Stanley Kurtz’s book Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. The book, which was released ten days ago, reveals what Kurtz refers to as Obama’s plan to undercut the political and economic independence of America's suburbs. Kurtz connects current Obama administration policy with his personal history, and with groups...
  • Burn Down the Suburbs? Not exactly, but Obama is already working to get rid of them.

    08/05/2012 4:38:05 PM PDT · by Syncro · 69 replies
    NationalReview ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Stanley Kurtz
    Burn Down the Suburbs? Not exactly, but Obama is already working to get rid of them. By Stanley KurtzEditor’s Note: This article is adapted from Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, by Stanley Kurtz, from Sentinel HC. President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them. With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration’s plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny. Obama is a longtime supporter of “regionalism,” the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools,...
  • Burn Down the Suburbs?

    08/05/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Stanley Kurtz
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE www.nationalreview.com Burn Down the Suburbs? By Stanley Kurtz August 1, 2012 4:00 A.M. Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, by Stanley Kurtz, from Sentinel HC. President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them. With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration’s plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny. Obama is a longtime supporter of “regionalism,” the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities,...
  • Obama's Plan to Eliminate Suburbs

    08/02/2012 7:11:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Stanley Kurtz has an article adapted from Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. And he's very blunt about this. I have the book as a powerful, influential member of the media. My book is right over there, Spreading the Wealth. I have a copy. "President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them." Now, Kurtz believes that this is an excellent way to campaign against Obama, that you don't need to be Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. You just need to tell...
  • Segregation by income in Houston is among the starkest [rich live by rich, poor live by poor]

    08/02/2012 5:28:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 2, 2012 | Mike Tolson
    Roll back the clock to 1980 and Greater Houston looks quite a bit different.Some of the tall buildings, meandering toll roads and shiny professional sports venues aren't there, of course, but of more significance is the absence of many places that Houstonians now call home. As the metro area's population doubled over the past three decades, extensive developments and master-planned communities popped up or expanded to serve those with the means to buy spanking new homes on the suburban fringe. As for those of little means - many of them immigrants, legal and otherwise - they increasingly crowded into older,...
  • America’s Best Kept Secret: Rising Suburban Poverty

    12/27/2011 2:12:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/27/2011 | Michelle Hirsch
    For years, the food pantry in Crystal Lake, Ill., a bedroom community 50 miles west of Chicago, has catered to the suburban areas’ poor, homeless and unemployed. But Cate Williams, the head of the pantry, has noticed a striking change in the makeup of the needy in the past year or two. Some families that once pulled down six-figure incomes and drove flashy cars are now turning to the pantry for help. A few of them donated food and money to the pantry before their luck soured, according to Williams. “People will shyly say to me, ‘You know, I used...
  • The laziest lighting job in Christmas history.

    12/04/2011 10:40:19 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Happy Place ^ | December 1, 2011 | Happy Place
    The laziest lighting job in Christmas history. Sometimes extreme apathy can lead to extreme ingenuity. With one simple word and a miniscule fraction of the effort, the guy on the right is expressing the exact same level of Christmas spirit as his show-offy, bigger-budgeted neighbor. Plus that guy borrowed a rake from him like three years ago, so it all evens out.
  • Mellower Occupy movement grows in the suburbs

    11/20/2011 9:09:05 AM PST · by thecodont · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Sunday, November 20, 2011 | Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Gerri Field stood with hundreds of protesters in front of Tiffany's in Walnut Creek this week, railing against economic injustice at the top of her lungs and drawing approving honks from passing cars with her sign, "Heal America, Tax Wall Street." For two sunny midday hours, the crowd did its best to "occupy" the busiest intersection in town, Mount Diablo Boulevard and North Main Street, singing "This Land Is Your Land" and denouncing corporate greed and the ultrarich 1 percent. [...] And there is, unbeknownst to many, a lot of occupying being done beyond big city borders. At least 30...
  • "Brain Drain or Birth Dirth?"

    10/06/2011 8:23:54 AM PDT · by Kim Dylan · 6 replies
    Newgeography.com ^ | October 6, 2011 | Seth Forman
    The assumption? Young adults are moving away from the region in large numbers due to the high cost of living, particularly housing prices. So, the story goes, the suburban pattern must be broken, and small, high density housing units must replace detached, single-family homes as the dominant urban form if young adults are to be retained.
  • The American Dream: Sick but not Dead

    09/18/2011 9:02:31 AM PDT · by Kim Dylan · 7 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Sept. 16, 2011 | Seth Forman
    "The suburban dream house is the idealization of every immigrant's Dream -- the vassal's dream of his own castle," wrote Italian-born immigrant Edgardo Contini. "Europeans who come here are delighted by our suburbs. Not to live in an apartment! It is a universal aspiration to own your own home." Today, those aspirations have become extremely difficult for vast numbers of young people and newcomers to fulfill.
  • Why America’s Young And Restless Will Abandon Cities For Suburbs

    07/22/2011 9:41:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/22/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    For well over a decade urban boosters have heralded the shift among young Americans from suburban living and toward dense cities. As one Wall Street Journal report suggests, young people will abandon their parents’ McMansions for urban settings, bringing about the high-density city revival so fervently prayed for by urban developers, architects and planners. Some demographers claim that “white flight” from the city is declining, replaced by a “bright flight” to the urban core from the suburbs. “Suburbs lose young whites to cities,” crowed one Associated Press headline last year. Yet evidence from the last Census show the opposite: a...
  • S.F. losing kids as parents seek schools, homes

    06/20/2011 7:59:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/20/11 | Heather Knight
    For Kearsley Higgins, raising a baby in San Francisco was idyllic. She and her husband owned a small two-bedroom house in the Castro, she found plenty of activities for her daughter, Maya, and made friends through an 11-member mothers' group. Now as the mother of an almost 4-year-old, with a baby boy due in September, Higgins has left. A year ago, she and her husband, a digital artist, bought a four-bedroom home with a large backyard in San Rafael. Maya easily got into a popular preschool and will be enrolled in a good public elementary school when the time comes....
  • Census: More Blacks in South Moving to Suburbs, GOP Regions to Become Democratic (sez this guy)

    03/20/2011 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies · 1+ views
    BV Black Spin ^ | 3/18/11 | Paul Shepard
    Census: More Blacks in South Moving to Suburbs, GOP Regions to Become DemocraticBy Paul Shepard on Mar 18th 2011 10:50AM Politically speaking, America's Republican stronghold is the deep South, where vast suburbs surrounding cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Richmond and Charlotte are decidedly white and often politically conservative. But population trends -- revealed in the last U.S. census -- show blacks and Latinos moving in to southern suburbs in high numbers, which threaten the notion of Republicans enjoying a safe harbor in southern states for much longer. Census estimates show a 58 percent increase in the number of blacks who moved...
  • The Still Elusive "Return to the City"

    02/22/2011 11:10:55 AM PST · by Tom Rounder · 6 replies
    New Geography ^ | February 22, 2011 | Wendell Cox
    Metropolitan area results are beginning to trickle in from the 2010 census. They reveal that, at least for the major metropolitan areas so far, there is little evidence to support the often repeated claim by think tanks and the media that people are moving from suburbs to the historical core municipalities. This was effectively brought to light in a detailed analysis of Chicago metropolitan area
  • Green River Killer is charged with 49th murder after missing woman's skull is found in ravine

    02/08/2011 4:47:57 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:24 PM on 8th February 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Green River Killer Gary Ridgway is facing his 49th murder charge for the death of a woman whose skull was found by teenagers in a ravine, 28 years after she went missing. Ridgway, 61, is already serving 48 consecutive life sentences after being jailed in 2003 for a strangling spree which terrorised Seattle and its northern suburbs in the early 1980s. He once said he killed so many women he could not keep track of them all. He had previously confessed to killing Rebecca 'Becky' Marrero, a 20-year-old mother and prostitute last seen when she left a motel in 1982.
  • Suburbs take hit as US poverty climbs in downturn

    WASHINGTON — The American suburb is no longer a refuge from poverty in cities. A pair of analyses by the nonprofit Brookings Institution paints a bleak economic picture for the 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade and in coming years, and finds that suburbs now are home to one-third of the nation's poor, and rising. The study of census data finds that since 2000, the number of poor people in the suburbs jumped by 37.4 percent to 13.7 million. The growth rate of suburban poverty is more than double that of cities and higher than the national rate...
  • Two Suburbs, Two Views of Obama

    07/11/2010 7:50:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | July 10, 2010 | Ronald Brownstein
    -- In this comfortable white-collar suburb southeast of Denver, the struggling economy is like a storm cloud on the horizon: menacing but still distant. A few miles away, in blue-collar Littleton, the downturn is more like a gale at the door. Yet both places share a volatile anxiety over the nation's direction that looms over the November election. On July 4, 2008, I visited these two communities and found them starkly divided over the presidential race. White working-class voters in Littleton expressed doubts about Barack Obama's priorities, experience, and even loyalty, while Centennial's college-educated professionals were enthusiastic about his candidacy.
  • A Tale of Six Counties (Suburban voters who were hot for Obama but are now moving away from him)

    11/24/2009 7:28:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 742+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/24/2009 | Jim Geraghty
    Consider these six numbers: 62, 53, 54, 60, 60, 53. Those numbers are the percentage of voters who supported Barack Obama last year in Westchester and Nassau Counties in New York, Bergen and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey, Fairfax County in Virginia, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania, respectively. Now, here are the percentages of the vote that the top-of-the-ticket Democratic candidates got in each of those counties this year: 43, 48, 48, 44, 49, 45. After Election Day 2009, Democrats attempted to minimize the ramifications of their losses by contending they were not a reflection on Obama or on the...
  • Suburban districts see red

    11/19/2009 6:55:27 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies · 615+ views
    Politico ^ | Nov. 19, 2009 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Suburban Democrats are bracing to defend their recent gains amid unmistakable signs of volatility among an electorate that is impatient with the pace of economic recovery. Their concerns are coming into sharp focus amid ongoing developments in Nassau County, N.Y., where County Executive Tom Suozzi, a rising star in New York politics and a prominent suburban Democratic politician, might lose his seat in a recount. Suozzi’s predicament comes on the heels of other troubling developments in some of the nation’s largest suburban counties, including nearby Democratic Westchester County, where voters tossed out County Executive Andrew Spano in a startling...
  • Karl Rove: The GOP Is Moving Into the Suburbs

    11/04/2009 6:54:59 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 1,002+ views
    WSJ/The Lid ^ | 11/4/09 | The Lid
    Yesterday's election showed many cracks developing in the alliance that put the Democrats into power just one year ago. Independent voters were the most obvious but there were others, while still voting democratic young and urban voters were not motivated to come out for Obama's candidates, especially in New Jersey the state where the POTUS invested the most time and political capital. The other group shifting away from the Obama coalition is suburbia. Already facing growing property taxes, they see a federal government with no inclination to curb spending and the higher taxes the deficits will bring. According to Karl...
  • Rich, Black, Flunking (dated, but timely)

    09/21/2009 8:47:15 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies · 2,770+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | May 21, 2003 | Susan Goldsmith
    Cal Professor John Ogbu thinks he knows why rich black kids are failing in school. Nobody wants to hear it. The black parents wanted an explanation. Doctors, lawyers, judges, and insurance brokers, many had come to the upscale Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights specifically because of its stellar school district. They expected their children to succeed academically, but most were performing poorly. African-American students were lagging far behind their white classmates in every measure of academic success: grade-point average, standardized test scores, and enrollment in advanced-placement courses. On average, black students earned a 1.9 GPA while their white counterparts held...
  • Suburbia R.I.P. (the central planner's dream)

    03/14/2009 7:56:54 AM PDT · by dennisw · 35 replies · 1,644+ views
    finance.yahoo ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael Cannell
    The downturn accomplished what a generation of designers and planners could not: it has turned back the tide of suburban sprawl. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis many new subdivisions are left half built and more established suburbs face abandonment. Cul-de-sac neighborhoods once filled with the sound of backyard barbecues and playing children are falling silent. Communities like Elk Grove, Calif., and Windy Ridge, N.C., are slowly turning into ghost towns with overgrown lawns, vacant strip malls and squatters camping in empty homes. In Cleveland alone, one of every 13 houses is now vacant, according to an article published...
  • Suburbia R.I.P.

    03/13/2009 8:07:51 PM PDT · by Disambiguator · 56 replies · 2,130+ views
    FastCompany.com via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael Cannell
    The downturn has accomplished what a generation of designers and planners could not: it has turned back the tide of suburban sprawl. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis many new subdivisions are left half built and more established suburbs face abandonment. Cul-de-sac neighborhoods once filled with the sound of backyard barbecues and playing children are falling silent. Communities like Elk Grove, Calif., and Windy Ridge, N.C., are slowly turning into ghost towns with overgrown lawns, vacant strip malls and squatters camping in empty homes.
  • Rent car in suburbs, pay Chicago?

    02/24/2009 6:48:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 31 replies · 2,062+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 24, 2009 | FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    Rent car in suburbs, pay Chicago? 8% TAX | Enterprise sues city over attempt to force collection February 24, 2009 BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter How would you like to rent a car in Waukegan or St. Charles, only to be slapped with the 8 percent "transaction tax" that applies to Chicago car rentals? Brace yourself. With a burgeoning $50.5 million budget gap, Chicago is reaching into suburban pockets. And Enterprise Rent-a-Car has filed a lawsuit challenging the Daley administration's effort to collect the tax from drivers who rent cars in the suburbs. » Click to enlarge image Enterprise...
  • In Defense of the Suburbs (from Revolutionary Road)

    02/10/2009 7:54:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 552+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Feb 10,2009 | Ron Rosenbaum
    Poor Kate Winslet she’s had to appear in two films this year which portray her as living in a concentration camp. In one it was literal–in The Reader she was a concentration camp guard, although we don’t see her locking women and children into a burning church so as to “keep order”; we only see her after the war in prison, learning that reading is fun! (see my further thoughts about “The Worst Holocaust Movie Ever Made” [1] here. But in Revolutionary Road her husband Sam Mendes, the British director, portrays her as the prisoner of what Mendes clearly views...
  • Hollywood VS The Suburbs, and a Mission To Serve

    01/06/2009 7:45:23 AM PST · by This Just In · 9 replies · 418+ views
    http://www.albertmohler.com ^ | January 6, 2009 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    The Suburbs -- Hollywood Image and Mission Reality Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 4:34 am ET America is a nation transformed by demographics. Flash back just over a century and a majority of Americans live on farms and in rural settings. Today, a clear majority of Americans live in metropolitan settings. Cities are now surrounded by vast rings of settlements and clusters known as suburbs -- and Hollywood doesn't like it. Something significant is represented in Hollywood's depiction of the suburbs as soul-killing enclaves of those unwilling to brave the "authentic" culture of the city itself. A current example...
  • Why Does Hollywood Hate the Suburbs?

    12/27/2008 5:53:20 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 174 replies · 2,951+ views
    online.wsj.com ^ | 122708 | By LEE SIEGEL
    "Revolutionary Road," based on Richard Yates's 1961 novel of the same name, is the latest entry in a long stream of art that portrays the American suburbs as the physical correlative to spiritual and mental death.
  • Head Strong: Ignoring suburbs doomed the GOP To win Pa., it must appeal to moderates.

    11/09/2008 3:37:09 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 98 replies · 558+ views
    Philly.com ^ | November 9, 2008 | Michael Smerconish
    Head Strong: Ignoring suburbs doomed the GOP To win Pa., it must appeal to moderates. By Michael Smerconish - Inquirer Inquirer Currents Columnist If retail politicking alone determined the election outcome in Pennsylvania, McCain-Palin would have won in a landslide. Speaking on MSNBC election night, Gov. Rendell joked that the GOP ticket had spent so much time in the state that he was thinking of assessing them with a state income tax.
  • If the suburbs bore zero, then rural America must not be on the radar screen.

    10/27/2008 5:41:07 PM PDT · by mapmaker77 · 3 replies · 353+ views
    vanity | 27OCT'08 | mapmaker77
    So, zero disdains suburban America like the msm types so often and readily do? This shouldn't surprise anyone as he is a product of the urban mindset. The one thing that zero and his campaign are missing is that they can't win this election with just the urban vote. And with Mac, with all of his flaws, will bring out suburban voters like crazy. And, with SarahPower, we draw rural voters out like no one has since Ronaldus Magnus.
  • Critics: Schwarzenegger joins Brown in 'war on suburbs' (SB 375, AB 32.. what next?)

    10/15/2008 9:32:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 457+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 10/15/08 | Scott Sabatini
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-A Wall Street Journal opinion article that claimed California Attorney General Jerry Brown had waged "war on the suburbs" continues to reverberate around rural and suburban towns in California. Critics of Brown's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow urban sprawl have another target, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rekindled the debate when he signed pro-environmental bills earlier this month. Editors at the Sun-Herald in rural Colusa, Calif., which lies 90 minutes north of Sacramento, became the latest to rebuke the Republican governor for acting too much like the Democratic attorney general. "In his zeal to battle...
  • "Suburbs will decide the election" Politico

    10/06/2008 2:46:50 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 22 replies · 849+ views
    Politico via Gabrielle Cusumano/Townhall ^ | September 29, 2008 | By: Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill
    "As of now, polls suggest McCain, who lagged in the suburbs into the summer, has pushed back some of the Democratic momentum. He now enjoys, according to the latest Wall Street Journal poll, a 10-point edge among suburban voters, not far from what Bush garnered in those parts of the swing states. If McCain can combine this suburban group with his rural and small-town base, he could be in striking distance of staging an upset." Suburbs will decide the election By: Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill Excerpts from: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/14082.html "Suburbs may not have cooked up the mortgage crisis, but they...
  • Reinventing America

    09/19/2008 1:46:48 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 7 replies · 96+ views
    distributism.blogspot.com ^ | September 12, 2008 | John Médaille
    Reinventing America I am not known as an optimist. I am more than willing to point out that the glass is half-empty. So my friends were not surprised when, during the general euphoria over the collapse of the former Soviet Union in the early 90's, I said, “We are looking into our own future, 10 or 15 years from now.” Of course, the statement seemed absurd. The West had “won” the Cold War, and America was the world's only super-power. International hegemony was in sight, and there were no credible opponents. The economy was booming, and the internet revolution was...
  • JERRY BROWN'S WAR ON CALIFORNIA SUBURBS

    07/24/2008 9:37:47 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 54 replies · 253+ views
    Former Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is waging war on California suburbs because of global warming, says Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Brown is concerned about the alleged environmental damage caused by the suburbs. He wants to compel residents to move to city centers or to high-density developments clustered near mass transit lines: • Brown has threatened to file suit against municipalities that shun high-density housing in favor of building new suburban single-family homes, on the grounds that they will pollute the environment. • He is also backing controversial legislation -- Senate bill 375 --...
  • ESCAPE TO NEW YORK:SUBURBAN ECONOMIC REFUGEES ARE HEADING OUR WAY

    07/20/2008 5:11:56 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 36 replies · 56+ views
    NY Post ^ | 20 July 2008 | ERIC TORBENSON
    The tenets of suburban life are the oxygen in the economic bloodstream, and the nation is suffering hypoxia. The reason a lot of folks think we're just getting warmed up on an economic swoon is that the global economy has neatly garroted all the drivers that make suburbs flourish. ...America in the early 2000s was a frothy brew of low inflation and cheap houses financed by what we'd later find out were mortgages handed out like those little dum-dum lollipops at the dentist; everybody got one no matter how bad their teeth. Nothing percolates GDP like the need to fill...