A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 15, 1971

SUBURBIA? The word alone is enough to unleash myths: a place afloat in behind-the-fridge gin, high on pot concealed in oregano jars, giddy with spouse swapping—and bored nonetheless. Perhaps an even greater fiction is that the terrain between city lines and countryside is uniform down to the last resident's outlook and lawn. In planning this week's cover story on the suburbs, TIME'S editors decided to challenge the myths head-on to discover how much diversity there really is among the nation's suburbs and suburbanites.

To make that challenge effective, TIME decided on a dual approach: polling by Louis Harris Associates in 100...

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