Cities are full of people who don't look like most Republicans. Here's a stark reminder of the demographic facts:
But cities are the country's economic engines. Cities are where people can live, and live well, while free to develop in all our very individual avenues. Yes, free! Economist Ryan Avent explains how dense cities offer opportunities that can't develop smaller places:
It's not just Vietnamese restaurants. It's about all the different interests, projects and activities that each of us chooses to pursue -- cities make it possible for us to devote ourselves to following our enthusiasms. The internet is great for meeting like-minded others, but cities are where we can find live communities of interest.
A search for room to spread out was in the DNA this country as settlers spread across the continent, eventually occupying it all. I too can feel the pull of open spaces; I instinctively head for the hills when I need to recharge. But cities are where life abounds. We need to treasure them!