this is the other side of gentrification. as the urban poor are displaced from cities, they are not going to retreat to the rural areas with which they have no connections, they are going to remain nearby. aging suburban housing developments are available, and they will only get cheaper as the boomers die off or move into nursing homes.

in the coming decades, poverty will be defined by long commutes and isolation, and the urban areas that provide short commutes and a sense of community will only be available to those who can afford the rent.

posted by mk: 2071 days ago