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suburban history



  • Two Visions of the Suburbs Are on the Ballot. Both Are Myths

    While Donald Trump imagines American suburbia as affluent, homogenous and imperiled by liberal housing policies, Joe Biden ignores the fact that separate suburban municipalities work to segregate Americans by race and class and perpetuate different levels of access to opportunity.



  • Why is Trump Obsessed with Suburbia?

    by Willow Lung-Ammam

    Trump and Carson do not want white America to see itself as recipients of federal welfare policies that made suburbs possible, profitable, and desirable–from Federal Housing Administration loans and interstate highways to mortgage interest deductions. Instead, they position white suburbanites as defenders of democracy.



  • A Neighborhood’s Race Affects Home Values More Now Than in 1980

    by Brentin Mock

    The real estate industry has adopted appraisal standards in response to fair housing laws that are, on the surface, race-neutral. But they don't account for the ways that racism has lowered the sale value in diverse neighborhoods, and still penalize Black and Latino homeowners. 



  • How Trump Is Using Westchester to Stir Up Suburban Fears

    The bitter history of a federal lawsuit demanding that Yonkers, NY create low-income housing (which would allow more nonwhite residents to live in the city) informs Donald Trump's campaign pledges to protect the suburbs from evils he associates with fair housing laws. 



  • The Daily: Trump's Suburban Strategy (audio)

    Trump has used recent protests to double down on a suburban strategy based in fear of crime and disorder. Writer Emily Badger investigates whether it will work. 



  • Why Trump’s Blunt Appeals to Suburban Voters May Not Work

    “[Nixon's campaigns] understood something about race that Trump doesn’t understand,” [Matthew] Lassiter said. “Voters don’t want racial privilege challenged, but they don’t want to be explicitly reminded that racism is underneath their position.”