March 21, 2014
CITIES WERE A MISTAKE:
City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation's Political Divide (LAURA MECKLER and DANTE CHINNI, March 20, 2014 WSJ)
There have always been differences between rural and urban America, but they have grown vast and deep, and now are an underappreciated factor in dividing the U.S. political system, say politicians and academicians.Polling, consumer data and demographic profiles paint a picture of two Americas--not just with differing proclivities but different life experiences. People in cities are more likely to be tethered to a smartphone, buy a foreign-made car and read a fashion magazine. Those in small towns are more likely to go to church, own a gun, support the military and value community ties.In many ways, the split between red Republican regions and blue Democratic ones--and their opposing views about the role of government--is an extension of the cultural divide between rural Americans and those living in cities and suburbs.As Democrats have come to dominate U.S. cities, it is Republican strength in rural areas that allows the party to hold control of the House and remain competitive in presidential elections.
One of the main goals of American anti-poverty/housing policy should be to move the underclass out of the one and into the other.Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2014 3:05 AM