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I was reading about Buttigieg and thinking about how the Democrats would likely win the election with a Rust Belt candidate. That led me to this article about the challenges of declining moderate-sized cities.
My favorite quote about per capita GDP explains why the education systems and social support of wealthy cities like Seattle and Boston are not economically feasible in cities like Michigan City and Saginaw.
I’ll remind the regulars of previous discussions about the importance of winning the geographic lottery at birth, which means living in a place where being well-educated lets you get a good job. If being well-educated doesn’t get you a better job, you just have a pile of student loan debt unless you move to where the jobs are.
Gross Domestic Product. In addition to weak growth, or even decline, in population and jobs, left-behind metro areas also have lower-value economies than average. Only two of the 48—Trenton, New Jersey, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania—had a real per-capita GDP greater than the 2017 U.S. average, $52,273; and 31 had a real per-capita GDP below $40,000 per year. By contrast, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (Washington) had a real per-capita GDP of $80,833, and Boston-Cambridge-Newton (Massachusetts/New Hampshire) had a real per-capita GDP of $78,465.
How Stagnating Cities Can Prepare for the Future
Political topics never seem to get old.
There’s always something to discuss from the world of politics.
Our politics thread starts on St. Patrick’s Day this week. Luck of the Irish to you!
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Here’s a link from Cassandra.
Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet
A new political discussion starts today.
I often think that no political label fits me- pragmatist doesn’t seem to be one of the choices. I enjoyed this article on Amazon’s withdrawal from New York City. It discusses the need for progressives to embrace economic development. My favorite quote is, “Progressives need to talk about jobs and economic development; we can’t just operate on the assumption that this is a rich nation with ample resources that simply need redistribution.”
Since the West Coast has high housing prices in part due to the long-term consequences of the anti-growth initiatives of the 1970’s, the argument applies here too.
Progressives Risk Killing More Than the Amazon Deal
Time for another weekly politics discussion.
A starter topic from WCE:
A system under strain: Is US democracy showing real cracks?
Lots of stuff is going on in politics.
Any interesting political news?
A political article on how efforts to reduce school suspension hurt the rest of students
Teacher to Parent – Severe or continual disruptive behavior in school is a crime
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Hows the new political year going?
A politics starter on why military spending probably shouldn’t drop much under a Democratic president:
Democrats Are Wrong About Defense Spending
The need for investment is only likely to grow in the coming years.