Let’s start discussing this. Current economy in this US is not working. Our cities are dying. Perhpas we need a radical change in economic planning and development to move away from current models.
Unlike what I keep coming across, such as the above thinking. I believe the current urban economic models do not work because they have departed from the utilization of local, sustainable workforce and resources. I believe we need to fix attention to a local economic focus first. Cities need more autonomy, their own economy one that meets specific and unique local needs. Not McJobs. Rather jobs that franchise citizens with their communities. I believe what is needed is a creative, autonomous and self-sustaining local enterprise. Supported from within it’s own respective local community. Comparing and treating the current failing economy with models that are positioned upon a homogeneous approach to cities from a national platform is a continuation of what is not working. Best wishes with your efforts.
Say yes to Jan Jacobs “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”