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  •  I see the opposite cause & effect (7+ / 0-)

    There's a lot of self-selection going on here.  People who move to exurbia tend to fit the current Republican profile.

    What is the attraction of the exurbs?  Real estate is cheaper than in the inner suburbs, or in the nicer parts of the city.  So if you are a working-class family with three or four kids and want that big home with a yard, you have to drive a ways to get there. Many of the people who go there are white families who are als uneasy around non-whites, and want all-white schools for their kids. They also don't want to be around diverse populations.  Exurbs offer that kind of artificial environment, segregation of a sort.

    Car dependency is not seen as a problem.  Cars mean "freedom", and exurbs are where they are more likely to drive big SUVs or pickups.  It's a way of life.  People meet like-minded people in church, or knew them from before.  Since there's little walking, one doesn't see a lot of neighbors.

    •  It's probably both-- (2+ / 0-)
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      mdriftmeyer, GleninCA

      the direction of causality  probably runs both ways: suburbia -> Republicans, also, for reasons you mention, Republicans -> suburbia.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 06:47:07 PM PST

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