That's the title of a very interesting series of articles in Business Insider. It looks at changing patterns of American urban and suburban living, and draws some startling conclusions. Here are a few excerpts from an introductory article to the series.
Look no further than the suburbs to see how American ideals of success are transforming.
People in US suburbs are changing the way they shop, where they eat, and what they want in their homes.
Malls are shutting down as e-commerce continues to take over, and the casual-dining chains that fed shoppers after a day of hoofing it through the mall are struggling to cope.
Business Insider reporters from the consumer, transportation, news, graphics, video, and innovation teams have explored this idea in a series of stories.
We're calling it the Death of Suburbia — because if the trends that they identified continue, the suburbs as we know them could be forever changed.
There's a lot more at the link. Very worthwhile reading, IMHO.
There's a lot of independent confirmation that Business Insider is on the right track with these articles. Just yesterday, for example, I read about shopping malls that are now being used to accommodate schools and medical offices. I've seen several others over the past year or so that confirm BI's conclusions.
I've also been informed by a friend in law enforcement that in some states, there appears to be a deliberate effort by many people, particularly those close to retirement, to move out of bigger cities, with their crime, pollution and dependency culture, to smaller towns and rural areas, where self-reliance is prized, community spirit is much stronger, and crime is considerably lower. (Regular readers will recall that Miss D. and I did that, a little over a year ago, when we moved from Tennessee to Texas.) This is contrary to the thrust of Business Insider's series, but it's part of the same phenomenon. People are no longer satisfied with things as they are, and they're seeking to change how they live. In the process, they're changing our suburbs.