January 30, 2009

WAIT, I THOUGHT URBAN LIFE WAS AUTHENTIC AND SATISFYING, and suburbia was sterile. But look what this Pew poll found:

“City residents disproportionately are more likely than people living in other types of communities to say they would prefer to live in a place other than a city,” Morin says. “Fewer than half of all city residents say there is no better place to live than in a city.”

A smaller proportion of women express the desire to live in the nation’s largest cities. “Women are less drawn to big cities,” says Robert Lang, co-director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech. “It could be safety.”

It could be. Also, the larger the urban area, the worse the local government tends to be.