Has Obama been waging a war against the suburbs?

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Has Obama been waging a war against the suburbs?

Postby carsonfire on Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:07 pm

An interesting theory on Obama's city-centric administration vs. the rest of the nation.

http://american.com/archive/2010/januar ... t-suburbia
Whenever possible, the Clintons expressed empathy with suburban and small-town voters. In contrast, the Obama administration seems almost willfully city-centric. Few top appointees have come from either red states or suburbs; the top echelons of the administration draw almost completely on big city urbanites—most notably from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They sometimes don’t even seem to understand why people move to suburbs.
The war against suburbia reflects a radical new vision of American life which, in the name of community and green values, would reverse the democratizing of the landscape that has characterized much of the past 50 years.

Many Obama appointees—such as at the Departments of Transportation and of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—favor a policy agenda that would drive more Americans to live in central cities. And the president himself seems to embrace this approach, declaring in February that “the days of building sprawl” were, in his words, “over.”

Not surprisingly, belief in “smart growth,” a policy that seeks to force densification of communities and returning people to core cities, animates many top administration officials. This includes both HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Undersecretary Ron Sims, Transportation undersecretary for policy Roy Kienitz, and the EPA’s John Frece.

I had forgotten about Obama's dopey pronouncement that the days of building sprawl were "over", just as he jackassedly pronounced the days of taking business trips to Vegas as "over". Democrats don't get it; the constant need to pronounce activity and luxuries that others indulge in, that they would never deny themselves, as "over" is proof of their burgeoning authoritarianism. Are the days of Democrats hopping on expensive private jets over? Not on your life -- but they want it to be over for everybody *else*. They can't see not living in a crowded city -- so the days of you little people living where you want is "over".

It's no wonder that the days of Democrat dictatorship is already -- "over".
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Re: Has Obama been waging a war against the suburbs?

Postby Casual Notice on Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:05 pm

returning people to core cities

WTF? The US just became more than 50% urban in the last 100 or so years. The suburbs were an uneasy truce between the urban necessity of an industrialized nation and the agrarian instincts of the American people.
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Re: Has Obama been waging a war against the suburbs?

Postby Dave.gillam on Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:00 am

Compact urbanization is "EEEEBUUUUULLLLLLLLLL" according to the Goracle, Senator Obama, IPCC and all the other Global Warmers. But then President Obama wants exactly that. In spite of the proof that overcrowding causes crime, poverty, inflation, and a host of other negatives to rise significantly. Its also been proven to be more wasteful of numerous resources, and a significant security risk. "Target-rich environment" ring any bells?
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