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If you were to compare Sunbelt cities, such as Houston, to Snowbelt cities, such as Chicago, what differences would you find?
The idea of an American sunbelt and a mirror-image snowbelt emerged in the 1970s as both a policy argument and a regional description. [ In both aspects, the focus of attention has been fast-growing cities (Sunbelt cities) and slow-growing or declining cities (Snowbelt cities). The terms are thus examples of regional definitions driven by the character and dynamics of urbanization. Although the
term sunbelt can be found as early as the 1940s in U.S. Army Air Force planning documents, political journalist Kevin Phillips gave it prominence in The Emerging Republican Majority in 1969. Pointing to the rapid growth of Southern and Western cities in regions where the New Deal coalition had never taken firm hold, Phillips argued that these new urbanites and suburbanites were a natural constituency for the Republican Party. Kirkpatrick Sale expanded on the Phillips analysis in Power Shift: ]
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