Suburbanites are actually more diverse and socially engaged than city counterparts


The suburbs have long been criticized by such scholars as Kenneth Jackson and Robert Putnam, as well as Jane Jacobs, as places of isolation but AEI’s Survey on Community and Society debunks the myth that city living is more social and diverse.

In an article published on New Geography by a professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Samuel J. Abrams, cites the results of the SCS survey and wonders if in fact “the power of sidewalks and other features of urbanity in the creation of diverse ties” have been overstated?

“It turns out that it’s, if anything, the core city dwellers who inhabit a “bubble” are lacking in diversity,” Abrams writes.

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