The housing bust didn't just sink the world economy. It sunk the suburbs too.
Now, you probably think of white picket fences, big backyards, and perhaps a whiff of existential despair when you think about the suburbs. But you should think of economic despair instead. As Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution points out, suburbanites made up almost 50 percent of food stamp recipients back in 2007 — and 55 percent in 2011.
Food stamp use in the suburbs doubled between 2007 and 2011.
For the image that best fits this data, I turn to Steven Spielberg, the poet of the suburbs...