Save the Suburbs

One of the best things that ever happened to America was the movement from cities to suburbs.

Liberals hated it then and hate it now. They are trying to reverse the process by making the suburbs more like the central cities Americans abandoned in a mass exodus following World War II.

Most Americans lived on farms and in rural areas in 1900. Over the next four decades, the automobile and better farm machinery that increased productivity allowed them to move by the millions into cities.

But the farm to factory urbanization movement resulted in congestion, crime and

Politicians liked having more control over densely packed urban residents but after the war the private sector freed people from the cities, creating suburbs like Levittown. People fled in droves.

It was great for families that could enjoy comfortable homes, better schools,
playgrounds and other amenities.

Liberals scorned this and employed terms like “urban sprawl” – intended as a pejorative — to describe the dispersal.

Since at least 2008, when Barack Obama swore to fundamentally transform America, the Far Left has been trying to despoil and regain control over the suburbs.

Today they are pushing huge housing projects and industry into the suburbs. The crime, congestion and traffic jams will follow.

Suburban residents should pay more attention to the actions of their local governments. Seemingly innocent zoning changes and building permits can wreak havoc on neighborhoods that now are peaceful and pleasant.

Don’t let liberals do to the suburbs what they did to the cities.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


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