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    It’s been almost four decades since journalist and historian John Egerton famously declared the South “just about over as a separate and distinct place.” He was writing about a newly integrated 1970s South that was suddenly teeming with suburban tracts and office parks, urbanizing so rapidly that it could hardly be recognized. To this day, Americans still think “rural” when they think “Southern.” But there’s nothing very rural about the South anymore. Florida is 91 percent urban, Georgia and Virginia 75 percent, and in probably the biggest surprise, Texas is 85 percent urban.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 10:08:34 AM PDT

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    •  Living in a Texas suburb (6+ / 0-)

      I can assure you that racist whites are still around.  In the last four decades, high school graduates have been leaving small towns and moving to Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston, but many have brought their conservative roots with them.  Now we have smaller urban areas, like Tyler/Longview and Waco/Temple/Killeen, that are even more conservative.

      More liberal influence in the bigger cities comes from:
      --young college graduates.
      --tech workers moving by the thousands from California
      --retirees from the north and northeast
      --black, Hispanic, and asian natives and immigrants.

      We are gaining on them, but it's a slow process.

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