Carol Roth sends this pic, taken last year, from the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. We’re used to thinking about trouble in American cities. But of the poor in metro areas, more than half now live in the suburbs. From the New York Times:
“The whole political class is just getting the memo that Ozzie and Harriet don’t live here anymore,” said Edward Hill, dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
Democrats and Republicans have been trading off the suburbs for a couple of cycles now. The GOP won big there in 2010. The suburban poor are still a minority where they live, though as a class they’re growing five times faster than the overall population. The soccer mom becomes a very different idea when she needs public transportation to get there.