Immigration helps big cities grow

Immigrants are moving into the cities as native-borns move out. Without such immigration, many large cities would have a net population loss during the past several years.

“A lot of cities rely on immigration to prop up their housing market and prop up their economies,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

Reader DJ who sent the link comments “It’ll be interesting to see whether global warming/peak oil changes this trend as suburbs shrink and cities grow again– and whites compete with immigrants for space and resources…”

Jim Kunstler at Clusterfuck Nation writes about this eloquently and nonstop, if a bit messianically. Peak Oil will destroy the suburbs and exurbs because suddenly everything will cost much because of the cost of trucking it there. Add long, increasingly expensive commutes on top of that, and he thinks things will get apocalyptic.

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