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  1. At the risk of creating another topic that will get lost in the Coffee Shop, I love discussing this as it is an overlooked topic that is in conjunction with the meteoric rise of urban core areas. Overlooked likely because there is no simple answer, and it is not yet politically convenient to discuss, especially because so many people don't see this relationship yet, and still think "suburban = comfortable/well-off." There's been plenty of talk about this on UP. Basically, as the market increasingly goes toward urban/mixed-use living, financing will increasingly move away from conducting suburban business. One interesting blogger is a planning consultant in Chicago, who has a blog that often veers into this territory. Two relevant posts are: How "Black = Urban" Ends, and On the Outside, Looking In (a very data-driven article)... both focusing on how this effect relates to African-Americans' potential decrease in political efficacy as they increasingly flee to the Suburbs. As a demographic, they maintain the mentality that previous White American generations had, in viewing the suburbs as the ultimate goal, also that Black Americans often have understandable family trauma in the inner-cities and still seek to "get out." Then, when we eventually reach a glut of housing in urban areas, and there is a slow down, it will hurt suburban areas doubly so. A less fatalistic take is this article, The New Mythology of Rich Cities and Poor Suburbs makes the valid point that this will not be a binary effect. There will still be suburbs that do well, and we can perhaps parlay the current urban trend to focus improvements to adjacent suburban areas. Strong Towns in general highlights the "tragic, inevitable necessity" that some communities "will fail," and we can't get around it. But, if we focus on small, incremental improvements to these areas (like allowing by-right construction of "one level of intensity up" of density) we can mitigate the decline in many areas that have a fighting chance. Anyway there's your jumping off point. What solutions could we move toward to mitigate detrimental effects for communities that are investing themselves in suburban communities that don't have a guaranteed financially viable future?
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