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Leon Bouvier, assistant professor of sociology, was quoted in an article in today's New York Times regarding the changing face of suburbia in the United States. The article, "90s Suburbs of West and South: Denser in One, Sprawling in Other," appears on the newspaper's front page.

Bouvier, a demographer and an expert on the U.S. census, said in the article that the geographical definition of suburb is outdated and has to be changed. He added that the country is "starting to fill in places we never expected, a kind of sprawl beyond sprawl as one suburb stretches out to meet another."

A member of the Old Dominion faculty since last year, Bouvier was a senior fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies since 1991 and served as director of the Program in Immigration and Population Change at the center since 1995. Prior to that, he served as director and vice president for demographic research and policy analysis at the Population Reference Bureau and held a number of academic positions, including a visiting appointment at Old Dominion from 1988-90. Bouvier received a Ph.D. and a master's degree in sociology from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in sociology/history from Spring Hill College.

View the full New York Times article online at http://www.nytimes.com.

This article was posted on: April 17, 2001

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