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A metropolitan economy, if it is working well, is constantly transforming many poor people into middle-class people, many illiterates into skilled people, many greenhorns into competent citizens. They create it.
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A metropolitan economy, if it is working well, is constantly transforming many poor people into middle-class people, many illiterates into skilled people, many greenhorns into competent citizens. They create it. This celebration perhaps reached its crescendo when Amazon initially announced its move to Crystal City, Virginia, and Queens, New York.
In fact, however, these views are more aspirational, or even delusional, than reflective of reality. The spurt of urban core growth that occurred immediately after the housing bust turned out to be remarkably short lived, with the preponderance of metropolitan growth—roughly 80 percent—returning, as has been the case since at least the late s, to the suburbs and exurbs.
Indeed, at no point did Census Bureau estimates show net domestic migration from suburbs to core cities, only a reduced rate of migration in the opposite direction. Yet as the rest of the economy improved, and urban land prices rose, population movement again shifted away from the dense inner city to less compact, more affordable locales. In New York, a city coterminous with five counties, the net domestic migration loss has been 1. Net domestic migration has also plummeted in San Francisco by 80 percent since the early s.
The key here has been surging housing prices , which eat up much of the big-city wage premium that many boosters focus on.
In fact, as a new Brookings study shows, millennials are not moving en masse to large, dense cities but away from them. According to demographer Bill Frey, the —17 American Community Survey shows that New York now suffers the largest net annual outmigration of postcollege millennials ages 25—34 of any metro area—some 38, annually—followed by Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Diego.
The top twenty magnets include midwestern locales such as Minneapolis—St. Paul, Columbus, and Kansas City, all areas where average house prices, adjusted for incomes, are at least 50 percent lower than in California, and at least one-third less than in New York. The media has frequently exaggerated millennial growth in the urban cores. In reality , nearly 80 percent of millennial population growth since has been in the suburbs. During the last decade, several urban cores—notably New York, Boston, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco—have enjoyed significant growth.
Yet now, according to two recent Oregon studies , lower-income people in cities experience less upward mobility than people from rural areas. Indeed, according to Pew research , the largest gaps between the bottom and top quintiles can be found in some of the most progressive metropolitan areas, such as in order from largest to smallest divides San Francisco, New York, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Boston.
This reflects national phenomena. Research by urban analysts Joe Cortright and Dillon Mahmoudi shows that the number of high-poverty more than 30 percent below the poverty line neighborhoods in the United States has tripled in the last half century, from 1, in to 3, in Despite some steady growth of poverty in suburbs, the ratio of the impoverished, according to the American community survey, is still two-thirds higher in urban cores than in the suburbs.
Thus recent growth in the cores seems to have done little to address poverty or inequality. A new study by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism found that, in most cities, unbalanced urban growth has exacerbated class divisions, while doing little to address the decline of middle-class households.
In , half of Chicago was middle class; today, according to a new University of Illinois study, that number is down to 16 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of poor people has risen from 42 to 62 percent. Even more prosperous core cities— San Francisco , Portland , and Seattle —are increasingly plagued by social dissolution and rising homelessness. This pricing-out also applies to many skilled blue-collar professions like technicians, construction workers, and mechanics. The shifting demographics of cities have fostered a new political reality that could further hamper urban growth.
These mayors were largely elected by middle- and working-class families, the traditional bastions of the city economy, and with the support of the local business community. To be sure, city dwellers have historically voted more liberally than their rural or suburban cousins, but demographic trends are exacerbating the leftward impulse.
Simply put, the cities that could elect a Giuliani or a Riordan no longer exist. As the middle and working classes have shrunk, urban politics has moved steadily to the Left. Contrary to the narratives presented in the media, however, this is hardly a revolt of the masses.
In fifteen of the thirty most populous cities in the United States, voter turnout in mayoral elections is below 20 percent. One-party rule, as one might expect, does not galvanize voters.
What this shift most accurately reflects is the superior organization and motivation of relatively small bands of progressive voters. She won not by sweeping the proletarian masses, or the Latino or African-American areas, but districts dominated by white, wealthier, and better-educated hipsters.
The new coin of the realm, besides the incessant virtue-signaling, tends to be good restaurants, shops, and festivals, not child-friendly parks and family-oriented stores. These demographic trends are creating an increasingly homogeneous political culture. He carried Los Angeles. And Mitt Romney lost Los Angeles by more than a two-to-one margin, while garnering barely 20 percent in all New York boroughs except less dense Staten Island.
In , Trump did just as badly and in some places worse. This creates a new challenge. But tensions between the two are rising. As it is, perhaps wary of the new political environment, Amazon is choosing not to fill a new downtown high-rise under construction and will reportedly focus its growth in the edge city suburb of Bellevue.
Significantly, the Texas office houses the critical hardware engineering division. Radical politics could accelerate this process. On the other hand, as prices rise and economies struggle, those in poverty, especially minorities, often pay the highest price. The rise of p rogressive urban politics also reflects tangible economic realities. Critics of gentrification are particularly concerned by the impact of outside investment and tax breaks for large companies and developers, along with targeted policy interventions, such as tax-increment financing, subsidized arts districts, sports stadiums, or urban-renewal projects, as in Portland , which typically depend on the exercise of eminent domain.
Rather than experiencing a landscape of opportunity, young progressives in major urban areas are seeing their incomes drained by rising rents and house prices. Since , a study of the New York market shows that rents have risen at twice the rate of incomes.
Overall, according to Zillow , for workers between twenty-two and thirty-four, rent costs claim upwards of 45 percent of income in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Miami, compared to less than 30 percent of income in metropolitan areas like Dallas—Fort Worth and Houston.
The costs of purchasing a house are even more lopsided: in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, a monthly mortgage takes, on average, close to 40 percent of income, compared to 15 percent nationally. This explains much of the socialist rage that is au courant even among the very people—like coders in San Francisco and Seattle or fledgling New York professionals—who would seem natural beneficiaries of capitalist excess.
The bitter resentment felt by the working class and poor may prove even more destabilizing. Some cities with the fastest gentrification rates, according to Realtor. Washington, D. One can appreciate the economic benefits that firms like Uber, Lyft, Salesforce, and others have brought to San Francisco and other tech-oriented cities.
These same conditions apply in the far more proletarian city of Los Angeles, my home for over forty years. It also neglected the fact that the downtown area is now overrun with rats and suffers an outbreak of typhus , including, appropriately enough, at City Hall, where a growing number of officials are being investigated for corruption.
Much of the concern is tied to changes in local zoning ordinances , notes Koreatown attorney Grace Yoo, all favoring developers who built swanky housing out of reach for local residents.
The present situation is not sustainable. History shows us repeatedly that huge income gaps and a sense of diminished opportunity can lead to disorder, alienation, and a breakdown of the civic culture.
Substantial underemployment and economic insecurity can undermine social stability. Petersburg, and Shanghai, for example, all experienced revolts and, in some cases, revolutions led by the neglected classes bereft of hope.
The situation remains far from hopeless, however. Large tracts of underutilized land —7, acres of vacant land, or Nationwide, as much as 80 to 90 percent of new housing product is luxury-oriented; what is really needed is more affordable mid- and low-density housing preferred by families.
Current national data suggests that single-family houses are at least one-third less costly to construct than multifamily units. New approaches to transportation also are needed. Some cities have invested in passenger rail lines in an effort to reduce auto use, but transit market share has either stagnated or declined, a fact that rarely gets mentioned in reportage. A renewed working- and middle-class orientation should also extend to jobs. There also needs to be a thoroughgoing reform of licensing practices , which serve to keep working-class people away from opportunities in many service and light industrial fields.
Cities need to shift from their exclusive current focus on tourism, media, and tech, which creates many high- and low-end jobs but few in the middle. The imperative is not to increase subsidies for favored companies, as New York tried to do with Amazon, but to address the basic conditions—taxes, public safety, schools, housing—that ultimately determine economic competitiveness. The road to enhanced growth lies instead in addressing the very issues most urban politicians like to avoid.
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Cities and the Wealth of Nations
In , in collaboration with Jane Jacobs, a small group of accomplished urbanists and activists founded The Center for the Living City to build on Ms. Jane Jacobs was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. The impact of Jane Jacobs's observation, activism, and writing has led to a 'planning blueprint' for generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists to practice. Jacobs saw cities as integrated systems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. With an eye for detail, she wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization. She promoted higher density in cities, short blocks, local economies and mixed uses.
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Jane Jacobs and the Center
Look Inside. In this eye-opening work of economic theory, Jane Jacobs argues that it is cities—not nations—that are the drivers of wealth. Challenging centuries of economic orthodoxy, in Cities and the Wealth of Nations the beloved author contends that healthy cities are constantly evolving to replace imported goods with locally-produced alternatives, spurring a cycle of vibrant economic growth. Intelligently argued and drawing on examples from around the world and across the ages, here Jacobs radically changes the way we view our cities—and our entire economy.
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