Your article on megacounties, the fast-growing, sprawling suburbs ((NATION, June 15)), failed to highlight one of the most frightening aspects of these neo-urban communities: their stultifying similarity to one another. With their flashy office buildings and cookie-cutter shopping malls, bars and theme restaurants, megacounties like Orange County, Calif., and Johnson County, Kans., are not only interchangeable, they are indistinguishable. I despair to think of a generation whose idea of local color is watering holes such as Houlihan's or TGI Friday's.
You only touched the surface when you discussed "radical polarization" occurring in America's boomtowns. I can tell...