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Friday, February 20, 2009

It's not just the economy that is at risk these days: Richard Florida, author of The Creative Class, thinks that the recession will reshape the entire demographic landscape. Which areas will benefit, which will suffer the most, and what will future America look like?

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Comments [4]

Eric from Jersey City

Florida makes good points as far as he goes, but both of you are ignoring a far greater change looming. "Cities of Sand" like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and probably L.A., are doomed by climate change. They are running out of water already. When will that be a topic on this show?

New York has comparative advantages for transportation in a post-oil era, but turning our waterfont into parks and condos negates many of them.

Feb. 20 2009 05:24 PM
Karen from Westchester

I don't think New Yorkers are efficient just because we are fast-paced. We are seen as dysfunctional while places like silicon valley are efficient. New Yorkers have an unrealistically high opinion of ourselves... but I hope your guest is right that our neighborhoods might become affordable to creative people. I doubt it, though

Feb. 20 2009 04:18 PM
Moreno from East Village

From the Atlantic article,

“When a place gets boring, even the rich people leave.” With the hegemony of the investment bankers over, New York now stands a better chance of avoiding that sterile fate.

That has already happened New York City is only a tenth of what it use to be and its decline started way before this present recession, most prominently in the Giuliani administration and the gentrification social engineering policies, this had the effect of the present diminished real New Yorker for latte New York!!

Feb. 20 2009 09:53 AM
Scott from Cambridge, MA

I'm delighted you're bringing Richard Florida on the show. His article is extremely important...if only the administration was listening.

Feb. 20 2009 09:26 AM

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