Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Mon Jul 21st 2008 at 8:32am UTC

NY State of Mind

Eric Torbenson provides a humorous dose of urbanism in the New York Post:

Defibrillate the suburbs – if you can. The tenets of suburban life are the oxygen in the economic
bloodstream, and the nation is suffering hypoxia. The reason a lot of
folks think we’re just getting warmed up on an economic swoon is that
the global economy has neatly garroted all the drivers that make
suburbs flourish.

For New York and other cities with respectable public
transportation, it’s still relatively good times; maybe too good. But
have you found a seat on the subway recently? New York City, already projected to expand to 10 million people over the next 15 years, will grow even more rapidly if these trends
continue … Is it any wonder that the greatest number of new housing
construction starts last month – that’s nationwide – were apartment
buildings in New York City? …

Wall Street’s losing jobs, but with enough other urban industries, people can afford to buy – or at least rent -an apartment; sell that car and take the subway; cut up that CostCo
card for groceries at the bodega. No more gas grills on the redwood
deck. But hey, a kitchenette! Welcome to the new urban renaissance …

Something tells me, though, as those huddled masses pour into the city by the thousands,
yearning to breath free of filling up the Silverado, New Yorkers will
have a political awakening. Nothing will be more important to city dwellers than hybrid or
electric cars. Get these people green lightbulbs and energy-efficient
vent systems. Send them back where they came from, to their Best Buy
parking lots and Applebee’s riblets.

Long live the suburbs! It’s our only hope.

One Response to “NY State of Mind”

  1. hayden fisher Says:

    Great piece!