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"Stand Your Ground" by Charles McNaughton


« on: August 29, 2017, 10:01:45 PM »

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Richard Florida, one of the most influential thinkers about cities in postwar America, wants you to know that he got almost everything about cities wrong.

If you live in an urban center in North America, the United Kingdom, or Australia, you are living in Richard Florida’s world. Fifteen years ago, he argued that an influx of what he called the “creative classes” — artists, hipsters, tech workers — were sparking economic growth in places like the Bay Area. Their tolerance, flexibility, and eccentricity dissolved the rigid structures of industrial production and replaced them with the kinds of workplaces and neighborhoods that attracted more young people and, importantly, more investment.

His observations quickly formed the basis of a set of breezy technical solutions. If decaying cities wanted to survive, they had to open cool bars, shabby-chic coffee shops, and art venues that attract young, educated, and tolerant residents. Eventually, the mysterious alchemy of the creative economy would build a new and prosperous urban core.

Today, even Florida recognizes that he was wrong. The rise of the creative class in places like New York, London, and San Francisco created economic growth only for the already rich, displacing the poor and working classes. The problems that once plagued inner cities have moved to the suburbs.

... The “creative classes” both diagnosed the present state of cities and offered recommendations for future action. Along with Jane Jacobs, Richard Florida has served as an inspiration for mayors, developers, and planners who pedestrianized streets, built bike lanes, and courted cultural attractions like art galleries and theaters.

After fifteen years of development plans tailored to the creative classes, Florida surveys an urban landscape in ruins. The story of London is the story of Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Sydney. When the rich, the young, and the (mostly) white rediscovered the city, they created rampant property speculation, soaring home prices, and mass displacement. The “creative class” were just the rich all along, or at least the college-educated children of the rich.

In 1979, Pierre Bourdieu wrote that the consumption and production of art gave the upper middle classes a “dream of social flying,” a feeling that their tastes and beliefs were somehow untethered from their objective class positions. The creative classes of major western cities were better at this than anyone.

Over the last decade, Florida has been beating a retreat away from some of his early optimism. As early as 2005 he described the “externalities” of the rise of the creative classes — namely, they brought dizzying levels of income inequality into every city that they’ve inhabited. As his work evolved, the “creative economy” has ceased to be a goal and instead become an unstoppable force, something that governments need to be tame rather than encourage.

His latest book, The New Urban Crisis, represents the culmination of this long mea culpa. Though he stops just short of saying it, he all but admits that he was wrong. He argues that the creative classes have grabbed hold of many of the world’s great cities and choked them to death. As a result, the fifty largest metropolitan areas house just 7 percent of the world’s population but generate 40 percent of its growth. These “superstar” cities are becoming gated communities, their vibrancy replaced with deracinated streets full of Airbnbs and empty summer homes.

Yahyahyah, so much for the intelleckshuls.

Any of this sound familiar to we who've had to endure the egocentrical blathering of our "betters" on 'planning'.

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/08/new-urban-crisis-review-richard-florida
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 10:09:32 AM »

"These “superstar” cities are becoming gated communities, their vibrancy replaced with deracinated streets full of Airbnbs and empty summer homes."

He says that like it's a bad thing LOL.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 10:52:30 AM »

  The public in general reads an article or book by one of these thinkers  as if they are the end all to be all.  But in the end all they have is an opinion based on their and their friends opinions.   No history to draw on so they see themselves as creating history and a brave new world.

  Whey they began selling city dwelling for the young they never though about the prices exploding so that the present city dwellers have to get out because the owners want to maximize their property values cause that's what they bought them for.


   In Florida you have gated communities going up all over being sold on this false sense of security that a 6" wall brings. They control who comes in based on age and income. Land explodes and once again guess who gets left out.

  High end developments come in and the poorer neighborhoods around these get hit with exploding taxes on the rental properties cause you can't homestead a rental so up goes the rent and out go the renters.

  Instead of things happening naturally they have to mess with things and mess things up so the government has to decide what you can build and how many have to be low income but how much is low income going to cast the builder so he has to jump up prices to carry the lost moneys and how much has to be trees and lawn and so on which causes guess what the builder/developer has to figure it into the prices and who pays for the maintenance and on and on.


 
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