Monday, April 21, 2003

NEIGHBORHOODS: Do liberals tend to live in old in-town neighborhoods while conservatives head out to the suburbs? Judging by the political signs, it certainly seems like it. We live close to downtown in an old neighborhood. Back during election season there were plenty of signs for the Democratic candidates for Governor and Senator and several for the left-of-the-Democrat Independent for Governor, but signs supporting Republicans were few and far between. Now there are tons of "Why War? Wage Peace!" signs in my neighborhood, but the "Support our President and our Troops" signs are very sparse. Not so in the suburbs. I took the kids out to the 'burbs for playgroup yesterday. We saw three or four houses with peacenik signs, but almost every house was adorned with yellow ribbons, American flags and signs saying "Another Family Supporting our President and our Troops". I really don't know why this is so. I see no reason why politics should draw people to one housing area or another. Preferences for old houses and small yards close to downtown versus new homes, large yards and a place to get away from the world of work seem apolitical. Perhaps there is more to it. I confess that though we've fantasized about the signs we could put in our yard and are pleased to see them in other peoples' yards, we've never put anything there. Justin and I just aren't sign-wavers generally. It seems like conservatives tend not to demonstrate as much as liberals and when we are on the winning side, why should we? Still, the disparity between the lawn signs ornamenting the Nashville suburbs versus those in Belmont and Hillsboro Village is striking and worth pondering.

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