Fool for the city: How we're over-hyping America's urban comeback

Despite claims to the contrary, suburban growth is still going strong. And that's a bad thing.

Suburban srawl.
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Pick up a newspaper or browse the internet, and it's easy to conclude that we're in a golden age for the American city.

After decades of urban blight and suburban sprawl, the tables seem to be turning. Colonies of hipsters have revived industrial neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Salt Lake City and Los Angeles are investing in world-class mass transit. Even Detroit is apparently poised for rejuvenation.

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