Suburbanization is the main tool that we use to create and maintain segregation, if we can’t do it explicitly in the law. One of the best chroniclers of the high cost we are paying for suburbanization is Strong Towns, an organization run by Chuck Marohn dedicated to creating strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. Their blog and podcast are both worth following.
Strong Towns argues that our current development patterns are bankrupting our country, without focusing on causes of the problems like racism. Even in this podcast episode Designed to Decline about Ferguson, race is ignored in the explanation of how some areas of our regions were left behind.
This is a process that left behind anybody who didn’t have the assets or wealth to move to the new suburbs when the process started. The fact that one group of people didn’t have the assets or wealth at that time is a separate issue.