The Inner-City Upperclass

Jun 22 2012 @ 7:45pm

Howard Husock reviews Alan Ehrenhalt's The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City:

Its thesis is straightforward but not uncontroversial: that a large group of "millennial young adults" prefer urban over suburban, and especially exurban, living—and that, as a result, they will push lower-income households, including new immigrants, to settle outside core cities. This shift will re-create, to some extent, the pattern of early twentieth-century Vienna and Paris. In other words, the phrase "inner city," long a synonym (and euphemism) for American social problems, will go the way of the Berlin Wall.