Joel Kotkin gets it about right

June 15, 2007 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

ur emphasis on a city’s ability to provide opportunity for a broad spectrum of citizens differs from what some consider the main current of today’s urban policy thinking. We recognize that concerns about income inequality have been voiced, even by senior policymakers and analysts. Nevertheless, contemporary trends in thought regarding city development concentrate not on upward mobility, or even on the middle class, but on what might best be called an “elite” strategy.” from his blog.

Basically most cities are focused on attracting the “creative class” and are losing their ability to provide upwardly mobile solutions for the millions living in poverty or being knocked down the ladder. Mr. Kotkin suggests that cities look for more progressive measures to allow citizens to increase their income, education, etc. instead of trying to make everything look pretty etc. It’s really a good article and worth reading.

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