He’s just not that into you

Suburbanites, President Obama doesn’t care much for you:

Many of the administration’s most high-profile initiatives have tended to reflect the views of urban interests – roughly 20 percent of the population – rather than suburban ones.

When the president visits suburban backyards, it sometimes seems like a visit from a “president from another planet.” After all, as a young man, Obama told The Associated Press: “I’m not interested in the suburbs. The suburbs bore me.”

More recently, Obama made clear that he is more interested in containing suburbia than enhancing it. In Florida last February, the president declared, “the days of building sprawl” are “over.”

His “the suburbs bore me” line was from his law school days. Highlighting that might be a cheap shot, if there were any evidence he had changed his mind. But the quote from February shows that, if his disinterest in the suburbs has faded, it’s only because it has become hostility.

Question: why is so much of the left hostile to the suburbs? In all seriousness, I don’t understand it. It’s not environmentalism; the hostility predates the rise of environmental concern over commuting. Is it just that concentrated people are easier to control?

(Via Instapundit.)

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