Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Suburbia's Other Underbelly

Angst-ridden films like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road depict suburbia as an incubator of emptiness, portraying the “poverty” of middle-class comfort and sameness. But Governing (May 2010) reports that as of 2008 the suburbs of the nation’s largest metro areas were home to “1.5 million more poor residents than the cities themselves,” suggesting that modern day suburban anxiety has little to do with Hollywood’s back-lot realism.

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