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Who would like to explain why the word donut is used here funnily?

 
 
Reply Tue 3 Mar, 2015 01:10 am

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New report shows urban 'donut' shifting
Greg Toppo, USA TODAY 12:11 a.m. EST March 3, 2015

The long-standing urban-suburban divide in education, income, race and other characteristics is being turned on its head as college-educated Millennials crowd into U.S. cities, new research shows.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/02/urban-donut-demographics-poverty/24281675/
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Reply Tue 3 Mar, 2015 01:28 am

Note the second paragraph:

"...a University of Virginia researcher has concluded that the traditional urban 'donut' pattern -- a ring of thriving suburbs surrounding a decaying city center -- is being replaced by a new pattern..."


A donut (doughnut) is usually a ring with a hole in the middle of it.
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Reply Tue 3 Mar, 2015 04:56 am
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:


Note the second paragraph:

"...a University of Virginia researcher has concluded that the traditional urban 'donut' pattern -- a ring of thriving suburbs surrounding a decaying city center -- is being replaced by a new pattern..."


A donut (doughnut) is usually a ring with a hole in the middle of it.


But the title says "urban 'donut' shifting" - if it says "urban 'donut hole" forming", it would be understood by me. Now it says shifting - shifting from ring arm to ring hole?
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Reply Tue 3 Mar, 2015 07:38 am
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:
Now it says shifting - shifting from ring arm to ring hole?

The old version was an impoverished core surrounded by a wealthy ring.

The new version is a wealthy core surrounded by an impoverished ring.


Note: "replaced by a new pattern: a thriving urban core surrounded by a ring of suburbs with older housing, older residents and more poverty."
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Reply Tue 3 Mar, 2015 06:01 pm
@oristarA,
oris, if you want to use "donut" in a "funny" way then use it in conjunction with a donut-eating cop, or fat guy.
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Reply Tue 3 Mar, 2015 06:12 pm
@oristarA,
Did another Dunkin Donut just open?
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