COMMENTS: Dwindling White Suburbs

A couple of sociological trends caught the eye of CBS. As part of its Changing Times feature, Ben Tracy publicized the work of geographer James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, and his prediction of suburban decline. Tracy chose Sacramento as his example: apartments and condos and townhouses are being built within walking distance of workplaces and mass transit; large homes in farflung exurban subdivisions are standing empty. Nancy Cordes picked up on the work of demographer William Frey at the Brookings Institution, who predicts that the Census Bureau's forecast of a majority non-white population in the United States by 2050 could be realized "far sooner." Since 2000, the white population has increased 2%, whereas there are 26% more Asians and 28% more Hispanics. Sharyn Alfonsi (embargoed link) too covered Frey's projections for ABC's A Closer Look. Besides quoting Frey, Alfonsi astonishingly chose not a single person of color to deliver a soundbite on their looming majority status. Instead she found a "blond-haired, blue-eyed white woman" with this to say: "I do not mind it. I have been in California my whole life so I am used to it. I love diversity."


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