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  •  And Wet Streets Cause Rain (4.00)
    Did you ever think that conservatives choose to live in the sprawling suburbs for reasons other than cars?  Like maybe they're trying to isolate themselves from oh, I don't know, poor blacks and hispanics.  I can't tell you the number of fucktards I work with who move out to the suburbs around Austin so they can be with "people like us."

    Also, did anyone ever think that liberals might choose to live in urban areas because that's where all the cool, "liberal" stuff is?  The art museums, coffee shops, night clubs, and funky, diverse neighborhoods.  I grew up in the suburbs with highly conservative, racist parents.  As soon as I could I moved to the "Big City" and I've lived in a highly urbanized area since then.  Same goes for most of my friends - we're all refugees from the suburbs.

    I don't buy this bullshit at all - Red State suburban types choose that life because it allows them to get a McMansion at a decent price and live in isolated neighborhoods surrounded by people of their own race and socio-economic class.  In the South, especially, there's a stigma attached to living in the city.  "Moving out to the suburbs" is about achieving the pinnacle of Southern, white success.

    It pisses me off to no end when Europeans of any political stripe try to diagnose America's social ills wihtout any kind of fundamental understanding of the Red State psyche.

    No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. - Edward R. Murrow

    by CrazyHorse on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 08:32:04 AM PST

    •  Actually (none)
      Actually many suburbs are nowadays diverse, at least in the northeast. Immigrants also buy into the American dream of house, lawn, driveway and eventually get their own house in the suburbs. Its hard for me to believe that Hispanics from Southern states are perpetually stuck in cities. They probably move out to the suburbs too.
    •  I'm an American, (4.00)
      and I study urban planning. You're wrong, and the Europeans are right: It's relatively easy to show causation here.

      by Bensch on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 02:04:50 PM PST

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