The Changing Face of Suburbia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Despite the bad rap that suburbs often get for being dull and sterile, more than half of Americans live there. As more people move to the suburbs, the demographics are changing. Urbanization, density, crime, and immigration are now defining factors of the 'burbs. We're joined by Robert Puentes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, and Larry Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.  And we want to hear from you! What do you see as the good parts of the suburbs?»

Comments we got on Facebook:

"I'm a little amused that this was posted 20 minutes ago and so far no comments on what is good about the suburbs..." —Nancy Sizer

"It's nicer than living in the city. :)" —Lorrence Scott Mahaffy

"In metro Detroit, people love their suburbs. Getting them to appreciate the city is the problem." —Ron Smerigan

"That's funny cause I 've never heard of the burbs getting a bad rap." —Tyrone Thorpe

"The quiet, I guess (assuming one has quiet neighbors). Also, the fact that it's close enough to the city to access special events (sports, concerts, ete), but far enough out not to be troubled by big city aggrivations, like noise, polution, and heavy trafic." —Billy Strain

"Never have lived in sururbia! Grew up in the country. Spent the next 20 years after college in an urban area which we really enjoyed. And now just moved back to the country ... where we're going to grow stuff and breathe. No more stop lights. Box stores. Perfectly groomed grass or tidy flower gardens. (we're growing what we can EAT). We've had more visitors out here than we did in the city!" —Dawn Shelton


Lawrence Levy and Robert Puentes

Comments [4]

Dawn N from New Jersey

Suburbs are only "dull and boring" if you are lazy and unimaginative. My suburbs have neighborhoods, lively shops and boutiques, great restaurants (some gourmet), libraries with events and talks, small clubs and theatres with great live music and plays. I have a yard. A garden. Room for myself, my husband, my pets, my books, , and my friends and family when they visit. I can get to the City when I need to, then leave it when I need to. Suburbs offer advantages in a different way than cities do. And I will never, ever have to worry about being stuck in a "hipster enclave" -- hipsters hate suburbs. If that's not a reason filled with win, I don't know what is. Viva suburbia!

Jul. 14 2010 09:18 AM
Smith from Detroit

What gives with the suburbs being "Soulless"? Was it because someone wrote about it? The people who live in the burbs feel the same level of connection as the people in city. What dose that statement mean for rural peoples? Would they be Soul-less-less? What dose that statement have to do with the topic? Poor form John.

Jul. 14 2010 09:10 AM

pretty sure that that opinionated John Hockenberry lives in a city.What happened to objectiveness in reporting? Anyway... Burbs are nicer. cleaner. cooler in the summer. The police headlines in our town paper this week was "Norwell cows lead police on 3 town pursuit". you don't get headlines like that in Boston.

Jul. 14 2010 07:07 AM
Edgar Shiffrin from CALIFORNIA


Jul. 13 2010 07:18 PM

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