The no-lose argument
There will always be those who argue that the suburb-dominated status quo is inevitable.
When cities were declining, they had an easy case to make. They could argue: "look, cities are declining so suburbia is inevitably the wave of the future!"
Then when cities started to gain population, defenders of suburbia moved the goal posts. They argued: "Sure, cities are growing, but suburbs are growing faster."
Now, there is some (admittedly pretty minimal) evidence that cities are growing faster than suburbs. But a recent Atlantic Cities post says some commeentators are moving the goal posts yet again, saying: "Well, the cities are growing faster in percentage terms, but the suburbs are adding more people in raw numbers."
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