By Danny Mayer
June Featured Essay
One of the effects of a globalized world, geographer David Harvey has observed, is a more localized world centered around cities and their regions. In the U.S., the rise of city-regions has unsettled older assumptions of red-state conservatism competing against blue-state liberalism. It may be more accurate now to describe prosperous blue belts of urban progressivism surrounded by receding red seas of rural libertarianism. This transformation has enabled new centers of power that—if you are left-leaning like me—should herald a more fair, just, and culturally interesting world. Except that it hasn’t. This four-part series asks why that is.