And once again we were lured back into the mystic city known as New Orleans . The culture , the architect, the sound of brass bands playing against the cities humid air and colorful hues; The powerful history and sounds of Messy Mya and throwback bounce mixes playing in the background at the local daiquiri shop ; the tickle in your nose from the spices used to conjure up some of the best crawfish and gumbo around. We always seem to find ourselves back here . Soul … rejuvenated . 🌶🦐
With the rise of cities came huge issues related to skyrocketing rent and gentrification. I won’t repeat the discussion here since it’s been made elsewhere countless times. What’s changed is it seems to me now that the political issue of getting homeowners to agree to more housing seems basically intractable.
The other purported advantages of cities are cultural. Cool people, like artists and bands, live in cities, which makes it fun for young people to live there. However, given how high rents have become, this is no longer true. Where I live, in London, the creative people have moved to towns like Brighton and Manchester (or even Berlin), and in San Francisco, the creative people live in dangerous warehouses in Oakland.
The whole article is good and I agree with most of it (especially in the context of SF or NYC), but these parts especially.
The one quibble I might make is this:
In the context of Cleveland, if I’m on the East Side and I need to get to the West Side to try out that cool restaurant, this is technically possible. Because Cleveland ain’t that big and traffic through downtown isn’t that bad.
If I’m in Inner Long Island and I need to get to New Jersey and back at a decent hour after work, that’s literally impossible. So if all the things that make NYC great scatter to the Four Winds across the Tri-state region, what you’re actually doing is creating *at least* 2, probably more like 4 distinct suburban regions (And given the particular challenges of NYC, each outer borough is its own region as well).
At which point, living 10 minutes from Times Square is still super-valuable not because you’re 20 minutes from every great point in Manhattan, but because you’re an hour from every great point in the suburbs thanks to quick access to PABT, Grand Central, Penn Station, and every major NYC subway line.
And this is true of every expensive major coastal city that’s doing the rapid dispersion thing. SF, LA, NYC…