21 March 2012

The political consequences of suburban public space

Via Digby, in a long and fascinating article that details the unfolding dystopian nightmare of Florida under Republican dominance, a little observation jumped out at me:

I don’t want to downplay the noble efforts of the Floridian Occupiers (yes, they exist) but the state’s overwhelmingly suburban geography, its lack of density and dearth of prominent public space, prevents the sort of spectacular urban reclamation that made Occupy so compelling.

This is something that I've been thinking about for a long time, but it occurs to me only now that migration back to urban cores of educated White cultural liberals over the last couple of decades is part of the formula that gives rise to the Occupy movement as a revival of street protest.


J'Carlin said...

I am not sure the educated cultural liberals ever left. The surban migration was working and corporate middle class. Inherently conservative and isolated from any real intellectual stimulation.

bs said...

occupy disneyworld!