April 20, 2006


Census: Americans Are Fleeing Big Cities (STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, 4/20/06, Associated Press)

Americans are leaving the nation's big cities in search of cheaper homes and open spaces farther out.

Nearly every large metropolitan area had more people move out than move in from 2000 to 2004, with a few exceptions in the South and Southwest, according to a report being released Thursday by the
Census Bureau.

Northeasterners are moving South and West. West Coast residents are moving inland. Midwesterners are chasing better job markets. And just about everywhere, people are escaping to the outer suburbs, also known as exurbs.

"It's a case of middle class flight, a flight for housing affordability," said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. "But it's not just white middle class flight, it's Hispanics and blacks, too."

The future of the city is as an office/amusement park and their dwindling populations is just more bad news for Democrats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2006 8:22 PM

Though without adequate mass transit to/from the outlying areas, the cost benefits of cheaper homes is being offset by the high cost of commuting due to the increase in gas prices. That still may not offset quality of life issues, but if your daily fuel cost for a 60 mile trip one way at 20 mpg average starts to hit the $18-$20 range, multiply that by five times a week and 50 weeks a year and it's not small change.

Posted by: John at April 20, 2006 8:46 PM

Not if you don't drive.

Posted by: oj at April 20, 2006 8:49 PM

Yes. In the future trolley lines will go everywhere, so no one will ever have a reason to drive.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 20, 2006 9:05 PM

More a case of liberals making the Northeast, West Coast, and urban Midwest unliveable with their high taxes and social engineering. I don't think most Americans want to live in a nanny state, which my homestate in the Northeast has become.

Posted by: mike at April 20, 2006 9:23 PM

Bad news for Democrats??? Hardly! This guarantees them the mayoralties for the future - because those that do remain will definitely support the losers who are destroying these cities

You don't think the remaining population will end up voting Republican, do you?

Posted by: obc at April 20, 2006 10:11 PM

Not really, Mr. Judd, because I would conjecture that the urbanites arriving in the wilderness might help bring the ignorant, redneck, Nascar, truckdrivin' Republican voters out of their intellectual abyss of believing that either party is really serving their best interests. Maybe instead of echoing your refrain of city/democrat/bad vs. rural/republican/good, they will actually come to find that most Americans feel that our two-party system is only effective at assuring that rights of corporate octopi and aristocrats.
Maybe the city slickers will bring with them their radio stations that are an alternative to the Rush Limbaugh shows and Christian radio stations that seem to me, as I drive through, to be the main source of propaganda for these geographically unfortunate people.
Maybe, when they see the first non-WASP move into their neighborhood without the company of a police escort, they might start to see America as the freedom of difference, as opposed to the tyranny of identity.

Posted by: Hubbard at April 20, 2006 10:52 PM

Oddly enough, I have spent my whole life in a Texas city and grew up with non-WASPs but it doesn't make me a Democrat. Of course, now I live as far away from those pseudo-intellectuals of the city as I possibly can. And as for gas prices affecting people moving to the 'burbs, ever hear of telecommuting?

Posted by: sharon at April 20, 2006 11:11 PM

L Ron:

I would conjecture that everyone who reads your post will laugh hard enough to snort milk out their nose (A secret red state pastime? You'll never know til you move to the exurbs, Hub!)

Posted by: JackSheet at April 20, 2006 11:16 PM


Nope. No one goes redneck harder than the folks who escape the city. Just like second generation Americans oppose immigration, the new suburbanites oppose the next wave moving in and "wrecking the neighborhood."

Posted by: oj at April 20, 2006 11:18 PM

Are you telling me that neither political party serves my interests? Say it sin't so!

You've got a prejudiced mind like a closed steel trap.

BTW, I like my truck.

Posted by: Dave W at April 21, 2006 12:06 AM

I'll bet it's Hubbard who has never seen or talked to anyone who doesn't share his/her biases.

Here's a non-WASP female who was born in an ethnic Queens, a borough of the Big Apple, neighborhood. a toney Connecticut suburb, a small Vermont college town and a really small blue collar Florida city -- and guess what? Each of these different locales have the same mix and match of Americans, i.e., every imaginable ethnic, racial, religious, sexual and political orientation (did I leave anybody out?) was represented.

We've also traveled a bit around the country and found that the old stereotypes don't exist anymore. Rednecks are just as apt to be professionals and academics are just as apt to be fools from border to border and from sea to shining sea.

Posted by: erp at April 21, 2006 7:32 AM

"...ignorant, redneck, Nascar, truckdrivin' Republican voters out of their intellectual abyss..."

Yes, there's the Liberal love of diversity right there: "They think differently frome me! They must be stupid! They must be trained, like chimps, to accept my worldview which is the only valid worldview to have! Isn't it pleasant being so openminded and tolerant?"

Posted by: Bryan at April 21, 2006 7:58 AM

Please, Hubbard, keep speaking. Contempt and condescension are the ways to convince an audience to accept your views. Really.

BTW, the article isn't saying anything that hasn't been evident for over sixty years.

Posted by: Mikey at April 21, 2006 8:58 AM

Fine to be so cavalier about folks who commute in fat cars...but comedians can't telecommute. We take our act to other towns. Gas prices that rise too much might effectively kill the current boom the comedy business is experiencing.

Posted by: Brian McKim at April 21, 2006 9:06 AM

If there's a God....

Posted by: oj at April 21, 2006 9:12 AM

First the comedians, then the lawyers.... eh?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 21, 2006 10:27 AM

"geographically unfortunate"???
"geographically unfortunate"????

There but for the grace of G-d...

Greetings from western Kentucky Hubbard.

Posted by: Bartman at April 21, 2006 10:44 AM


You don't get out much, do you?

You obviously have a sense of humor. Kneejerk reactions don't become you.

Try not to parrot the "standup comedy is a vulgar craft" meme that the MSM seems stuck on. Try sampling standup comedy instead of automatically dismissing it.

We've been successfully battling the stereotypes for seven years now. Our work is never done.

Posted by: Brian McKim at April 21, 2006 11:26 AM

Even most great comics need the discipline of scripts, otherwise they turn in to the Chaplin described by Robert Warshow, so desperate for our love it's off-putting.

Posted by: oj at April 21, 2006 11:33 AM

Wow, Brian, you may be a good comic for all I know, but that is probably the most humorless comment I've ever seen.

The irony is devastating.

Posted by: Timothy at April 21, 2006 2:55 PM

Maybe folks are leaving cities for better places to raise their kids. True in our case. The kids grew up and moved back to Chicago. Doubt they'll stay there after marriage and children, though.

Posted by: jdkelly at April 21, 2006 7:13 PM


Irony? Hardly.

The notion that a comic's gotta take cracks like that-- and like it-- is pretty goofy.

This is my livelihood, after all. That a comic shouldn't or wouldn't take that seriously is incomprehensible.

The tag line on the magazine is, after all, "Standup comedy...seriuosly."

It's show _business_ don't you know.

The _show_ part doesn't make it any less of a business.

Posted by: Brian McKim at April 22, 2006 9:10 AM