Have you noticed the subtle inroads Flaming Hot Cheetos have made into American life?

They were coming into their own as a snack food in Detroit as the 21st century came into sight.  But if we wanted to find a sack for our daughter, the one who is a Salvation Army cadet … nowhere in the suburbs.  You know what I’m talking about.  Krogers?  Seven-Eleven?  BP food shops?  nope.

Except for a Shell service station down the road from the high school.  But it seemed to make sense to find Flaming Hots there.  The people who ran the shop were from another land, literally, and along with many of the shops in Detroit also run by people of other lands I knew that our Oakland County Shell shop manager was an in-the-know trend-setter.

Are Flaming Hots now becoming ubiquitous because –

  1. urban culture and tastes have influenced suburban life, or
  2. city dwellers have moved to the suburbs, bringing their urban taste for the spicy fried treats?

Music, fashion, language, food, worldviews, and people, migrate from the city to non-city places.  But do “non-city” places exist any longer?  The lines are blurred between city and suburbs as never before.  If a city person moves to the country, does this movement urbanize that place?  or is the urban person countrified?

ProximityOne offers a comparison of American urban populations 2000 and 2010.  Here’s a link.  One interesting observation:  the number of urban Americans has increased, but the urban population decreased.   Why?  Changes in definitions and criteria.   For what reasons?  The ProximityOne page doesn’t make the answer clear.

The next question?

Does eating Flaming Hot Cheetos make a person urban?

If you don’t know much about Flaming Hots here’s a link you may find helpful, but don’t believe everything you read.