Thursday, July 23, 2009
American Cities and White Flight
I'm readng Cities right now by Roger Greenway and Timothy Monsma. It's a pretty good read.
Greenway on the "white flight" phenomenon of the last half of the 20th American century says: " Insofar as suburbia rose as a reaction to the city and its people, suburbia is an attitude, a mind-set, as much as it is a geographical entity."
That is a keen observation. Suburbia is an "attitude". This is not to say that all suburban "attitudes" are wrong. It's just that white people were so "in"secure in their skin that when the urban ethnics and American blacks came into town, they fled. And so did the churches.