19 Mar '12, 11am

Here’s the $8.5 billion question: Can suburbanites be convinced to care about cities again?

Here’s the $8.5 billion question: Can suburbanites be convinced to care about cities again?

Here’s the $8.5 billion question: Can suburbanites be convinced to care about cities again? Urban America is hoping so. For some cities, it’s a matter of life and death. And nowhere is the question more relevant than in Atlanta, where citizens will vote this summer on a massive regional transportation initiative that would stitch together a city and suburbs that have been divided for decades along racial, economic, and political lines. The all-too-familiar storyline goes like this: Back in the 1960s and ’70s, Americans bolted from urban centers like concert goers from a burning theater, leaving cities smoldering, sometimes literally. And while urban industrial might built the suburbs, suburbanites were content to leave cities on the ash heap of history. Witness the 1971 vote in Atlanta and its outlying counties over creating a tax to build a regional mass transit system. T...

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