Is a suburb birth or death?

Does it signify the end of a rural place?  Or the beginning of an urban place?

It seems implied in a suburb’s birth that a city is coming.  This is irony for many suburban dwellers.  They have left the city for breathing room, a slower pace, a less complex setting.  Even a return to an earlier time.  Nostalgia?

But these places start to become what was left behind.  All the passengers rush to the other side of the ship and it begins to list.

If a suburb is actually start of new urban life, then suburbanites are descendants of Ham.  It is Ham in the book of Genesis whose descendants include Nimrod, builder of Babel in the land of Shinar.  It is there on the plain of Shinar that men decide to build a city, a tower.  And “from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:9).

Ever since, men have scattered over the earth.  And now, finally, over half the human population lives in urban places, what some describe as the Urban Millennium.

Suburbs appear but a city is coming.

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