Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The 2012 national election

stranger Scary how the demographics skew so much in terms of race.  And how center city and suburban voters trend Democrat.  When you look at a red/blue map of the entire country, it looks like bits of blue in a sea of red, but if its weighted by population, its a bit more equal.  The Patchwork Nation site looks at the demographics in a more fine-grained manner.  See "Why Obama Won: Explaining the Patchwork Vote" from WNYC.

I was worried that I was going to have to reprint The Stranger's--Seattle's leading alternative weekly--screed after the 2004 election, which was very bitter over the results, and how cities and suburbs were trumped by more exurban voters.  See "The Urban Archipelago: It's the Cities, Stupid."

With regard to Virginia, the city/suburban vote definitely favored Tim Kaine in the Senate race over George Allen, even, surprisingly, in the Hampton Roads area.

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At 11:14 AM, Anonymous charlie said...

We are still a 48/48 county. Basically, a vote for more divided goverment.

A Romney who played up his mexican roots and made a strong pitch for real immigration reform might have won. I understand that he would not been the nominee (see Rick Perry) but it could be that close.

The regional divide scares me far more than the racial divide. Is a coalition of white men with graduate degress, women of all races, blacks and hispanics (minus cubans) sustainable?

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous charlie said...

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

i don't think it's sustainable, although I hope the Obama election machine will be kept on the ready for 2014 and 2016.

I think we need to do a better job on message i.e., the Thomas Frank stuff...

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous charlie said...

one of the problems with the coalition is they tend not to vote in off years, which is one reason the R can control the house. Control of statehouse/redistricting also makes a huge difference.

But potential for 2016, although hispanics can easily be chipped off.


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