Saturday, August 3, 2013

Is American Suburbia Dying?

Salon has excerpted Leigh Gallagher's book about the decline of U.S. suburbs.  Gallagher contends that the glory days of the American suburbs have all but ended, and that problems commonly associated with urban America have emerged in suburbia, in particular a significant rise in suburban poverty.

The Article is linked below.

Salon: American Suburbs Dying?

"But while many cities have been benefiting  from an influx of wealth, the suburbs have been suffering a rise in poverty. From 2000 to 2010, the number of poor in the suburbs or the nation’s largest metro areas grew by 53 percent to a record 15.3 million. And while poverty has increased in cities as well, the growth rate in the number of poor living in the suburbs was more than twice that in cities during the decade—and the suburbs are now home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country."

---Leigh Gallagher, Salon 


  1. Along with the housing market, the All American bubble of optimism has gone bust. The suburbs were once the promised land, the American Dream made manifest, no more so than to Post War Americans who bought these homes for their baby boomer children. Like thousands of other young married apartment dwellers in the post war years my parents began house hunting in the mid 1950s. Now these house once snapped up so quickly, sit among the glut of inventory of mid-century houses, the forlorn for sale signs beckoning non-existent takers.For an illustrated look at this journey visit