Convincing Older Generations That Cities Are Safe

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There was a time during the 1960s and 1970s when urban life in the United States was a much more dire and dangerous one than we know today. This has largely changed, but the experience has yet to leave the psyches of many members of the generations that lived through those decades—Especially those that took flight to the suburbs.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, David Brooks says it's time for those attitudes to change.Grist writes:

Many of the people living in cities during that era moved to the suburbs and bought cars (or second cars). Crime has since dropped off, but the psychological understanding of cities as hotbeds of crime and decay remains among Baby Boomers.

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