As Foretold

The Monday, April 10 NPR Morning Edition piece on Richard Florida and “creative class” workers leaving the rest of the city behind.   It’s he that is largely behind one of the Big Left’s current conceits; that briniging “the creative class” to big cities will revolutionize them, bringing them a new lease on life.

How’s it working?

From an NPR interview with Steve Inskeep:

Richard Florida promotes what he calls the creative class. He has said for years that cities prosper when they attract upscale innovators and entrepreneurs. Make your city a place where the creative class wants to live, and they, in turn, will create jobs.

INSKEEP: Many cities followed that advice. And now Richard Florida faces the downside. The creative class, he says, is creating cities that are massively unequal.

Well, there’s a freaking shock.

Manufacturing plants create several jobs in the area for each job actually in the plant; truckers, waitresses, janitors, HVAC contractors, management consultants, contractors, you name it.

Ad agencies don’t.

RICHARD FLORIDA: …Which is terrifying to me. The middle class in this country has declined. But, more importantly to me, the middle-class neighborhoods, those platforms for the American dream, have been decimated.

Of course, if you read this blog you are a solid decade ahead of the typical NPR listener.   It was in 2007 that Joel Kotkin foresaw all of this; the fact that the middle class is decamping to the third-tier exurbs, and to smaller and middle-sized cities.   Major cities are turning into an inner core of the wealthy, surrounded by formerly middle-class areas that the social service buearucracy has taken over to warehouse the poor.

Of course, NPR, being a PR wing of the Democrat party, knows who not to blame if it wants its belly rubbed (emphasis added):

INSKEEP: And that metric is especially bad in big, progressive, otherwise successful cities. Those cities are often led by Democratic mayors who criticize inequality…Have progressive policies failed those places?

FLORIDA: I think we’ve abandoned progressive policies. We’ve had an incredibly daunting and troubling reaction. I had to rewrite this entire book in the wake of Trump’s election. I mentioned, you know, I had called for a federal urban policy. I had called for the newly-elected Democratic administration to appoint a council of cities, you know, of great mayors to deploy federal resources.

Can you imagine?  Bill DeBlasio, Rahm Emanuel and Betsy Hodges getting together to “deploy” even more money?

The article gets even more out of touch.   You’re on your own.

10 thoughts on “As Foretold

  1. This is the way this works. We have had nothing but Fed easy money and excessively centralized government since Woodrow Wilson. The CPI and asset inflation and the growth of government feed back on each other. People need government for rent seeking and dependency because of the inflation. K Street gets controlled by big concentrated money. Then people vote. Which makes it worse.

    Now technology and globalized labor is creating “better living through deflation” which is the only way God intended Man to live. Except the statist whores can’t tax it and the banking system will fall apart. So the Fed keep pushing. They lie about inflation. Jedi mind trick: “You don’t see the asset bubbles.” and …wait for it….”FLORIDA: I think we’ve abandoned progressive policies.” More central planning to fix the central planning.

    Where am I wrong? Have at it. Save yourself: Read David Stockman’s book.

  2. The Creative Class. The Met Council wanting to move blacks around the city like checkers pieces. Education Minnesota wants to turn the schools into full service Kibbutzes. Forcing demand for Choo Choos. Subsidizing over expensive college that has no job signaling function anymore for most people.

    Make your own list. They think it’s a Sims game. They make money off it. Money that is evaporating in chronic 2% GDP.

    The Sims game ended when the USSR fell and China opened up. Someone tell The Ruling Class before we run out of money and start killing each other.

  3. I forgot forcing up compensation by government fiat in a devastating wage deflation environment.

    BLM wouldn’t be blocking freeways if a normal recovery would have assuaged the sociology like normal in this country. The Frankfurt School is winning.

  4. Peoples’ Radio celebrated Trump’s first 100 days yesterday with a show where they explored ways to impeach him.

  5. Satan employs a “creative class.” I used to be an officer in that army. My peers thought I had a lot of promise – up until that day they assassinated my character and sent me off to the gulag.

  6. I think the three guys that explain reality best right now are Angelo Codevilla, David Stockman, and Joel Kotkin.

  7. Cities and their mayors need more power. We turn over a lot of our urban revenue to Washington. And Washington spends it however it does, typically spends it on bolstering areas in other parts of the country. And I think one of the ways to get around this is to devolve power to cities and localities, let them keep more of their tax dollars and address the problems that they have that are unique as they see fit.

    I do not believe that Florida understands how federalism works. States and cities are not equals, politically. What revenue does Florida think that cities send to the feds? Cities have a problem where they tax wealth, so the wealthy people leave for the ‘burbs. How is a city going to stop that?
    There is a tendency for the ‘creative class’ to congratulate itself. Wearing spiky hair and drinking craft beer does not make you creative. American cities are Unique because they are not old. They grew because there was an economic reason for them to grow. Is Detroit (or Minneapolis) necessary anymore?
    If you want to know about cites, read Jane Jacobs:
    Jacobs—renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities—pinpoints five pillars of our culture that are in serious decay: community and family; higher education; the effective practice of science; taxation, and government; and the self-regulation of the learned professions.

    Jacobs thinks that the “creative class” is the problem, not the solution.

  8. Translation; using federal money, we have massively screwed up the cities we’ve run for the past 50 years. Please send more federal money. It’ll help this time, we promise. But by no means will we consider working to get the safe streets, decent schools, and affordable real estate that will attract families.

  9. The curious thing is why no one has examined why big cities are all have the same public culture. Cities in America that work are all converging: a government modeled on Scandinavian socialism. A ‘creative class’ with some money. Gentrification. An underclass. Little industry, many service and boutique businesses. A vast gulf between the rich and poor, and a small middle class dominated by public employees. Child and family unfriendly.

  10. I heartily endorse the idea that the Dems need to work on appealing the urban “creative class.” Why, if they are successful, they might win California in 2020 with 65% of the vote instead of 62% of the vote. They might lose Colorado and Minnesota along the way, but they must promote the policies that they believe in! history demands it!

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