Thursday, August 2, 2012

Redistribution of Suburbia's Influence

Demographic Reversal
(Excerpt) “Last year, for the first time in more than nine decades the major cities of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas [added emphasis] grew faster than their combined suburbs … this puts the brakes on a longstanding staple of American life -- the pervasive suburbanization of its population.

This reversal is identified in an analysis of newly released Census Bureau data for 2010-2011 and can be attributed to a number of forces. Some are short-term and related to the ... [down-turned] housing market, coupled with continued high unemployment … However, at least some cities may be seeing a population renaissance based on efforts to attract and retain young people, families and professionals.

... [T]he new data show a notable tipping point. … core ‘primary cities’ of the nation’s 51 metropolitan areas [added emphasis] with populations exceeding one million, grew faster than the suburbs of those areas between July 2010-2011. Cities grew at 1.1 percent while suburbs grew at 0.9 percent …

This new ‘tipping point’ clearly has its origins in the downturns in the national housing and labor markets … Yet what may look like a temporary lull in the broad sweep of suburban development may turn out to be an opportunity for some cities to showcase their oft cited lifestyle and cultural amenities to a new generation of residents and developers … ."

Brookings Institution, June 2012
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Sprawl vs. Infill Growth
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National Politics and Local Planning
"Think nationally, act locally."   -- unknown
The current administration at the highest level of our federal government may be politically sheltering a plan and policies that, if implemented in a second term, could substantially undermine the governmental and financial self-determination that some suburban communities have historically enjoyed. A range of municipalities that have local governance from service districts, to school boards, to area planning might be impacted: positively or otherwise. Like many things determined by the results of a national election, you may or may not like it. Fair elections, however, are the goal and better than the alternatives.

Author Stanley Kurtz has written a soon to be released book that offers a given perspective and many opinions about the possible effects of President Obama’s potential second term and predicted policies on the autonomy of some low density suburban communities that exist near to America’s high density metropolitan areas:

(Excerpt) “The regulatory groundwork laid so far is just a prelude to what’s to come: substantial redistribution of tax dollars. Over time, cities would effectively swallow up their surrounding municipalities, with merged school districts and forced redistribution of public spending killing the appeal of the suburbs. The result would be a profound transformation of American society.

... [The author] shows the unbroken line of continuity from Obama’s community organizing roots to his presidency. And he reveals why his plan to undermine the suburbs means so much to him personally.

... [The] revelations are sure to be hotly disputed. But they are essential to helping voters make an informed choice about whether to reward the president with a second term.”

Source: A published synopsis of Stanley Kurtz's new book to be released 8.2.2012

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