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  •  Cool cities (15+ / 0-)

    I mention where I've lived for the sake of accuracy, since rates can vary even within a state. While it's true that I've lived in my share of "cool" cities, this has partly been for professional reasons. Portland and Austin are among the nation's top creative hubs, and more affordable than New York City or the Bay Area. I'm also happy to point out the flaws of both, in my opinion -- in Portland it's the weather, and in Austin it's the traffic.

    •  First of all, great cartoon (6+ / 0-)

      I'm a big fan of your work.  Ninety-nine percent of the time I agree with your perspective on whatever issue you address, and even on the rare occasions when I don't, I enjoy your unique artistic style and brilliant humor.

      You actually kind of proved my point, such as it was, with this comment, but let me step back and explain why I was testy about place names in the first place.  Let me also add that this was kind of a stupid thread to bring it up in, but since I did, let me finally articulate my point.

      I actually remember a time when there were relatively vibrant local economies and creative centers all over the US, and when it was possible to afford humble housing in all major cities, outside of a few wealthy areas.  When a young person could move to almost any city they wanted, get a job, and afford housing, on their own, with the money they earned from a regular job.  When health insurance concerns didn't trap people in jobs.  

      So it's not really so much that people like to live in cool places that annoys me, but rather, that cultural vibrancy and real economic opportunity seems to be increasingly contracted and concentrated in a few coastal cities and large college towns, and that those areas are, and granted Austin may be something of an exception here, increasingly unaffordable to young people entering the economy.  

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