Monday, June 13, 2005

If You Build It...

Good article about how good schools, lower taxes and a decent subway system are more important for city revitalization than glitzy, publically funded coffee shops and theatres. Particularly poignant in this city, which thoroughly embraced Florida's theories. Pittsburgh built stadiums, theatres, and department stores that failed to revitalize downtown while our most vibrant neighborhoods rebounded because of good schools, clean and safe streets, and run-of-the mill food, fare and shopping.

In response to his little Pittsburgh laboratory blowing up, Florida stomped off to DC screaming, "it didn't work because you hicks don't like gays." Something tells me he was probably just wrong. Something also tells me that we better take a good, hard look at what schools get closed in the coming years, and why.

http://www.joelkotkin.com/Urban_Affairs/TNR%20Urban%20Legends.htm

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