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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

Civic Planner Much Too Taken With Himself


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Author Richard Florida rethinks his push for cities, including Roanoke, to cater to tech-savvy millennials
“Since publishing the best-selling book “The Rise of the Creative Class” in 2002, Florida has used his considerable speaking and writing heft to push mayors, urban planners and company executives to cater to tech-savvy young professionals, a pitch he brought to Roanoke in 2004.”
“In places such as New York, San Francisco, Seattle and arguably Washington, D.C., the mostly white, young and wealthy “creative class” has so fervently flocked to urban neighborhoods that they have effectively pushed out huge populations of mostly blue-collar and often poor or minority residents.”
“To be seen as the neoliberal devil, foisting gentrification on cities, is not a situation I like to be seen in,” he said.
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Talk about self-promoting one’s importance and totally missing economic reality in the process!
Mr. Florida thinks that cities just followed his focus on attracting the hi-tech millennials and they all became pseudo-Seattle and now that's a bad thing?  Really?
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It’s not the likes of Mr. Florida that make cities what they are.  It’s business-people who create the businesses and associated jobs that determine the outcomes.
All this totally Contrary to Obama’s “You didn’t build that” socialist manifesto.
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Roanoke was a blue-collar heavy-industry city because it was a major railroad center.
Roanoke is now becoming a medical-centric city because Carillon has become a major player in the medical industry.  That industry is attracting young hi-tech medical millennials to the Roanoke city and area.
As hi-tech white-collar young people move into Roanoke they will both displace others as well as utilize abandoned spaces and facilities.  They will behave nicely and pay big taxes. They will support other businesses and the arts and sports and entertainment.
Why Mr. Florida paints that as a “bad picture” is not clear to me.
Perhaps it's all about his book royalties!
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American’s have traditionally followed “the jobs”.  When and where they don’t do so, poverty and despair and dependency take-over.
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One is reminded of the Maine wildlife slogan:  The deer follow the axe!
Those that don’t, starve under the canopy of the mature forest.
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