Our Patchwork Nation

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Journalist Dante Chinni discusses the Patchwork Nation project, using on-the-ground reporting and statistical analysis to move past red state/blue state generalizations and examine American communities in depth. Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth about the "Real" America looks at how America breaks into 12 distinct types of communities, and how they shape how Americans vote, invest, shop, and behave.


Dante Chinni

Comments [8]

tom from Long Island

To jgarbuz - - suburbia works when its allowed to grow as the "neighborhoods" allow and suit their needs. What happened to suburbia was the affliction - rather first the infection - of the Mall Mentality that gave way to the Wal-Mart/Outlet store zones that drained the populace towards shopping enclaves, and Theme eating parks, etc...

Suburbia worked when it was a smaller, more sane model of the Urban 'hoods our parents left behind.

You are correct in the idea that it was sort of an anomaly...when after WW2 we truly needed other places for the new modern family to live outside of the cities and extreme urban areas where the returning GI's were mostly from and just were not all satisfied to return to. The result was the quasi middle ground of the Levittowns, etc...

The key to that phenomenon was the 1. planned communities 2. allowing for their natural growth.

We all cant, nor wont live in the true urban area, or the true rural areas...

And its not where we live that derailed us - its the age old vices of Lust and Greed taken to extremes and made into a Cultural Destination and worse Patriotic Duty.

Oct. 06 2011 05:15 PM

This Kountry® is sooo f*d-up that the Mexican population is moving back to Mexico for better opportunities!!

Oct. 06 2011 12:39 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Post-WWII suburbanization was a FLUKE of history, and a mistake that will take a generation or two to rectify. Our economy and society will have NO choice but to re-urbanize, and the sooner the better. Much of surbubia will have to go back to being cow pasture, and the country will have to write off a massive economic loss!

Short of some miracle, there will be no silver bullets. If suburbia is the "American dream" then we have awakened and reality is a nightmare, that we will have to live through to get the country back into balance again.

Oct. 06 2011 12:37 PM

Leonard, I find it unbelievable that you ask if people can live on $38,000 annually and that Chinni responds with, in other areas. There are many people within NYC that live on that much and less.

Oct. 06 2011 12:33 PM

Don't hold me to this, but I think I picked up several months ago that the only income category that experienced an increase in 2010 were those earning more than $52 million/year. Bye bye Money Burbs. You are now part of the 99%ers.

Oct. 06 2011 12:28 PM
antonio from park slope

What is city/town is the most logical in its design and accessibility?
What kind of people live there?

Oct. 06 2011 12:22 PM

The TP is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch Bros.

Oct. 06 2011 12:15 PM

"Average" If you don't like that, what is the "median" county like.

Oct. 06 2011 12:12 PM

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