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America's New Suburban Model

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The American suburb is officially 50 years old this summer. The Economist takes a look at the suburb in all its sprawly glory, noting that suburbs now hold more people than cities and the countryside combined. And even more startling, they're diverse with blacks, Hispanics, Asians and gays swarming around nearly every block. "As the suburbs become more mixed, some inner-city areas are turning less so. Los Angeles, which markets itself as the city “where the world comes together”, and New York (“the world's second home”) both added whites and lost blacks between 2000 and 2006. So many blacks moved out of Los Angeles that, were the exodus to continue unabated, they would disappear from the city around 2050. Manhattan and San Francisco lost Hispanics as well as blacks, which is remarkable given that group's speedy growth in the country as a whole. Meanwhile, the world came together on their fringes." [The Economist]