Across the United States, cities are witnessing a mass exodus into the suburbs with increasing frequency. The prestige that once attached to urbanites is now equated with these "new suburbanites." Claiming better schools, safer neighborhoods and overall peace of mind, the new suburbanites have been the pied-piper to thousands of other city dwellers. By and large, those that have been able to afford to move out of the cities are white, middle-class Americans.6 Local exclusionary zoning, by permitting only certain types of homes to be built in a specific area, has rendered the American dream-owning a home in suburbia-unattainable for many. As a result, the inner cities remain shells of their former selves, and have become invisible prisons for their lower-income, minority residents.
Abigail T. Baker,
Suburbs Under Siege: Race, Space and Audacious Judges,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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