The Americanist

Why are Urban and Rural America so Divided? (#23)

February 10, 2022

Since the United States were founded, its urban population has risen from 5 % to over 80 %. Yet its political institutions remain the same. Mike and Johannes discuss this issue, the American obsession with suburbia, and how to possibly move forward. Also, what would actually happen if you took 5 % of Californians and move them to Wyoming?

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Mentioned in the show:

Urban vs rural populations (1790-2010)

William Penn and Philadelphia's City Grid

"Saints & Strangers" (Netflix)

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