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Are Cities Too Small or Too Big?

To get the most collective benefits out of urban life, we might need more people to live in fewer (but bigger) cities.
New York City: still not enough people.
New York City: still not enough people.Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Electoral College’s bias against American cities has spurred some liberal commentators to suggest that left-leaning urbanites should venture out of their coastal bubble cities and head toward the smaller cities and metros of the heartland and the Sunbelt, where their votes could make much more of a difference.

Another way of saying it is that our big, successful cities are already too large (not just too liberal) and the nation would be better off, and better balanced politically, if educated and talented people spread out across the country.