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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Here's a good analysis from those good analyzers over at Emerging Democratic Majority on the subject of Exurbia. "Exurbs" are described as the settlements beyond the suburbs, where a large percentage of the population has been moving lately. They generally work in offices located in the suburbs, so the exurbs are their "suburbs of the suburbs". And they are generally wealthy and Republican. Think of hedge fund managers in Greenwich, CT - many work in the Connecticut suburbs and rarely come to NYC, if ever.
posted by CB @ 9:32 AM  
  • At 12:18 PM, Blogger Dan J said…

    An interesting article, however, for a more in depth analysis of David Brooks's point of view check out his book: "Bobos in Paradise". The book is all about exurbs, and the fact that it was published a few years ago, before the current swell of "wha' happened?" political discourse following the 2004 election.

    Exurbs are essentially where people live if they work in a suburban office park. Think: "Office Space". The people moving to the exurbs are generally more wealthy, but as more professionals and high-paying jobs move to the suburbs and exurbs, so will the infrastructure jobs that support those positions. There is a reason strip malls and Loews theaters can open up an hour from major cities like NY, Philly, Chicago or even Phoenix (pronounces Pahonix, thanks to the FedEx commercial.) The point is: these communities, while defined by the Wikopedia and others for many years, are relatively new communities, growing substantially in the last ten years. The make-up, both economically and politically, of the exurbs is in a state of flux, and thus difficult to nail down.

  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger CB said…

    Yea, I should read the book, but I won't give David Brooks the satisfaction, or the royalty.

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