"Real estate may be as important as religion in explaining the infamous gap between red and blue states." So says an article in the latest Atlantic Monthly.
"Dallas and Los Angeles represent two distinct models for successful American cities, which both reflect and reinforce different cultural and political attitudes. One model fosters a family-oriented, middle-class lifestyle—the proverbial home-centered “balanced life.” The other rewards highly productive, work-driven people with a yen for stimulating public activities, for arts venues, world-class universities, luxury shopping, restaurants that aren’t kid-friendly."
(If the above links don't work,click HERE to see a condensed version of the story at the article author's blog)