30 May '12, 10am

‘The Great Inversion’: Cities are the new suburbs, suburbs the new cities

‘The Great Inversion’: Cities are the new suburbs, suburbs the new cities

For nearly 20 years, Alan Ehrenhalt served as the executive editor of Governing magazine, examining and writing about a variety of local and state-level trends and policies. In his new book, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City , Ehrenhalt outlines at length what he dubs “a major change in American urban life” over the last decade: namely, that “living patterns are rearranging all throughout a metropolitan area,” something he calls a “demographic inversion.” Ehrenhalt is no starry-eyed urban triumphalist (like Harvard economist Ed Glaeser ), but nor is he predicting cities’ imminent demise (see Joel Kotkin ). In fact, compared to the prophets of urban boom and doom, he’s a whole heap of downright boring nuance. Think of him as your teetotaling uncle at the family Christmas party — the one who doesn’t want the eggnog spiked. But sometimes the sober, analy...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/the-great-inversion-cities-are-th...

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