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  •  There's a lot of fear out there. (1+ / 0-)
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    A lot of people moved to the outer suburbs due to white flight. Then their children began to move back. Those that were afraid were more inclined to stay, those that we not afraid were more inclined to move. This distill the fear.

    I grew up in a small town up north, a town of around 500 people. They were very intimidated by Minneapolis. When I visit my home town, they are amazed that anyone would actually WANT to live there. I admit I sort of worked my way into the city, I moved to the suburbs after I got out of the Air Force, and then moved into the city.

    A lot of small town people feel an affinity for the suburbs, thinking that suburbs are less alien to them than the city. But the small town and the city have a lot in common. In both the small town and the city, you can eat, shop and go to church right in your neighborhood without having to get in the car. Not so much in the suburbs - especially the outer suburbs.

    It's an anecdote, but one of my classmates moved to a second-tier suburb after college. She thought it was scary. Coon Rapids and scary don't go together too well. So she moved way out to the exoburbs, in Elk River. She found that scary too. Unless you think Children of the Corn was real, and think He Who Walks Behind the Rows will come and get you, Elk River isn't scary. You wind up taking your fear with you.

    It's not true of all people in the outer suburbs, of course, but there are a lot of people there who are afraid of the city, yet need to be where the jobs are. They live as far out as possible and still commute. They are afraid of the city, yet they need it.

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    by A Citizen on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 05:11:05 AM PDT

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    •  fear brought along (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, indeed, and Bachmann plays on those fears like no other...

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      by old mule on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:05:03 AM PDT

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    •  My kids grew up in Monticello, part of exurbia in (0+ / 0-)

      the 6th District. The population of the school district was about 4-5 times the population of Monticello itself, due to all the housing developments that filled the countryside. I worked locally, but we were in Minneapolis constantly for shopping, sporting events, and shows. My kids were driving in Minneapolis traffic on their learner's permits. At the same time, some of their classmates were rarely in the Metro area, because their parents were afraid to drive on the Metro freeways or in the city traffic any more than they absolutely had to to get to their jobs. Walking from a restaurant to a show on Hennepin Avenue in the center of Minneapolis was a frightening thing for many of them because "The Cities" were just so scary.

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      by ER Doc on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:26:25 AM PDT

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