A recent study out of Brown University is compelling in examining how the demographic changes that are occurring in the U. S. are blurring the distinctions of what we used to define as distinct urban and rural entities. In the past, suburbs used to be placed in the category of being urban or as peripheral to larger urban cities. Now, that distinction is not as clear as suburbs are taking on some of the same characteristics as urban cities (as pronounced by the Los Angeles Times article on a study of how Chinese or Vietnamese are now as segregated as Latinos in neighborhoods nationwide — neighborhoods that, on a whole, are in suburbs (now being defined as ethnoburbs) — or what we used to define primarily as rural areas). Some of the poorest places in the nation are also now in the suburbs.
Urban and Rural Entities.
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