Poverty and Growth: Retro-Urbanists Cling to the Myth of Suburban Decline: Suburbs have more poor people mainly because they have more people, write Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox.


In the wake of the post-2008 housing bust, suburbia has become associated with many of the same ills long associated with cities, as our urban-based press corps and cultural elite cheerfully sneer at each new sign of decline, most recently a study released Monday by the Brookings Institution—which has become something of a Vatican for anti-suburban theology—trumpeting the news that there are now 1 million more poor people in America’s suburbs than in its cities.