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  •  Here's the thing, though (0+ / 0-)

    Florida clearly doesn't think all cities should be revitalized.  In the article, he advocates putting resources into those cities that are already doing relatively better.  It's his version of the Matthew principle.

    Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

    by Linnaeus on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:00:31 PM PST

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    •  you mean - support the strongest - go Wallmart? (0+ / 0-)
      •  I don't know about the Wal-Mart part (0+ / 0-)

        But it does seem that Florida likes the idea of giving more to he that already hath much.  Unless I'm misreading him.

        Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

        by Linnaeus on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:16:45 PM PST

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        •  I Don't Recall Seeing Much About Wealth... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...and income disparity from him.

          "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

          by Dana Houle on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:33:41 PM PST

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          •  I'm referring to these passages (1+ / 0-)
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            This:

            Next, we need to encourage growth in the regions and cities that are best positioned to compete in the coming decades: the great mega-regions that already power the economy, and the smaller, talent-attracting innovation centers inside them—places like Silicon Valley, Boulder, Austin, and the North Carolina Research Triangle.

            and this:

            Finally, we need to be clear that ultimately, we can’t stop the decline of some places, and that we would be foolish to try. Places like Pittsburgh have shown that a city can stay vibrant as it shrinks, by redeveloping its core to attract young professionals and creative types, and by cultivating high-growth services and industries. And in limited ways, we can help faltering cities to manage their decline better, and to sustain better lives for the people who stay in them.

            But different eras favor different places, along with the industries and lifestyles those places embody. Band-Aids and bailouts cannot change that. Neither auto-company rescue packages nor policies designed to artificially prop up housing prices will position the country for renewed growth, at least not of the sustainable variety. We need to let demand for the key products and lifestyles of the old order fall, and begin building a new economy, based on a new geography.

            I guess that I'm not as sanguine as Florida is about increased concentration of economic - and, consequently, political - power.  Great economic transformations come with great social turmoil, and peace is made not because one group is able to impose its vision on someone else, but because different groups find a way to accommodate each other.

            Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

            by Linnaeus on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 06:07:16 PM PST

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          •  The new report re Ontario (1+ / 0-)
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            addresses social and income inequality and the social safety net.

            Florida believes that the people who work in the service industries need to have their creativity harnessed in order to capture the value of their own work. He points to the unionization of manufacturing after the war as the source of his family's security.

            The report is here.

            •  Cool (0+ / 0-)

              And to be fair to Florida, this article alone doesn't totally encapsulate all of his views.

              Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

              by Linnaeus on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 06:18:36 PM PST

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