Thanks to reader Daniel for pointing out this article by Joel Kotkin in The American Enterprise. Kotkin was author of The Rise of the Ephemeral City, an excellent article about the troubles cities invite by invoking Creative Cities liberal-welfare economic policy. Ideological Hurricane is another cautionary tale for municipalities engaging in central planning economic interventions for the sake of fashion.
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The truth is that, rather than improving conditions for average residents of their cities, many urban politicians and interest groups have promoted policies that actually exacerbated a metastasizing underclass. Urban liberals tend to blame a shrivelling of Great Society programs for problems in cities. Observers such as former Houston mayor Bob Lanier have suggested, however, that the Great Society impulse itself is what most damaged many cities—by stressing welfare payments and income redistribution, ethnic grievance, and lax policies on issues like crime and homelessness, instead of the creation of a stronger economy.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2005