16.5.04

INCUBATING THE CREATIVE CLASS? Laura at Apartment 11-D goes on walkabout.
Universities as economic development for an area of the country where the old industry has become irrelevent, outsourced, or made unprofitable. I don't know why I found this facinating, but strange things amuse me.
State College, Pennsylvania, is a university town of long standing, as is Normal, Illinois (albeit neighboring Bloomington has railroads and industry) and to some extent DeKalb, the barbed wire factories and the creeping Schaumburgization of the northeast corner notwithstanding. Youngstown, Ohio, might be a better example of an attempt to make that conversion. Much of downtown has been turned over to Youngstown State, particularly some new athletic facilities.

There is potential for the development Dr. Laura isn't noticing.
It's one of the failures of the technological era that computers and the internet haven't led to jobs for these areas. After all, there is really no reason that my husband has to work in Times Square. He could easily do his job anywhere with high speed internet access. And we could afford one of those quaint Victorian homes out there. But it hasn't happened. Cities continue to monopolize jobs.
It varies. Perhaps not on the ridges of Pennsylvania, because the topography is not conducive to wireless communication, and perhaps not west of the hundredth meridian and east of the Front Range. Furthermore, it's not the cities that are accounting for most of the jobs. Metropolitan areas, perhaps. Manhattan and the Chicago Loop are exceptions. Other large cities continue to be losing population and jobs to their exurbs.

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