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Suburban and Metropolitan Politics
Suburban and metropolitan politics

Over the past fifty years, America has become a nation of suburbs. In 1950, most Americans lived either in large central cities or rural areas, and only about a quarter lived in areas that could be called suburban, that is, places outside of a large central city but still within a metropolitan area. Today a suburb is home to one in two Americans. In most instances, these suburbs are far different from their urban or rural counterparts. Central cities often are noted for their size, density, and heterogeneity (Wirth 1938), whereas suburbs are typically thought of as small, spacious, and homogeneous (Baldassare 1992). And while rural places are socially and economically self-contained, most suburbanites travel to other places ...

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