Skip to content

Canadian Urbanism Uncovered

Metro-ification of American politics favours Democrats

Read more articles by

In the last federal American election, the democrats won 11 of the largest 15 cities across the States.

Urban density played a key role: Obama’s metro votes came from areas twice as dense as Romney’s. Also, within those dense clusters of voters, highly-skilled and highly-educated people dwell effected voter partisan.

How voters get to work also played a role. Those who took transit, biked or walked tended to vote Democrat.

According to this article from Atlantic Cities: “America is divided between cities of knowledge and skill and the rest. The residents of these knowledge cities not only do better economically, they are better-traveled, better-connected to the global economy, and more open to diversity.”

Map by MPI’s Zara Matheson

Urban Planet is a roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

For more stories from around the planet, check out Spacing on Facebook and Twitter. Do you have an Urban Planet worthy article you’d like to share? Send the link to