SUBURBAN/URBAN DIVIDE & Why Church Leaders Must Start Building the BRIDGES of God Across this Growing Chasm

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Over the past decade I’ve been urging growing suburban churches to take more responsibility for helping their urban colleagues. And according to this article in Forbes magazine this may be more necessary after the recent election. Read about how polarization is growing in America – not between rural and urban, but between urban and suburban. Then if you lead or pastor a church in a suburban area, ask what you should be doing differently.

“It Wasn’t Rural ‘Hicks’ Who Elected Trump: The Suburbs Were — And Will Remain — The Real Battleground”

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox, Forbes Magazine, 11/22/16.

…The popular notion of “city” and “country,” one progressive and “vibrant,” the other regressive and dying, misses the basic geographic point: the largest metropolitan constituency in the country, far larger than the celebrated, and deeply class-divided core cities, is the increasingly diverse suburbs. Trump won suburbia by a significant five percentage point margin nationally, improving on Romney’s two-point edge, and by more outside the coastal regions.

Despite the blue urbanist cant that dense metro areas — inevitably labelled “vibrant” — are the future, in fact, core cities are growing at a slower pace than their more spread out suburbs and exurbs, which will these edge areas even more important politically and economically in the coming decade. The states that voted for Trump enjoyed net domestic migration of 1.45 million from 2010 to 2015, naturally drawn from the states that were won by Hillary Clinton. Democrat-leaning ethnic groups, like Hispanics, are expanding rapidly, but Americans are moving in every greater numbers to the more conservative geographies of the Sun Belt, the suburbs and exurbs…

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