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Old 01-02-2014, 08:09 PM
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Here's an interesting article that is focused more on " Rust Belt" cities, but is relevant to any city/area: Cities' Messy Futures | Bush Center
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:42 PM
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I think we've discussed this article before, but really, it's railing against a straw man, or at least a paper tiger. The cities that have come back have not come back due to any "right to the city" or anything like that; those who use that rhetoric are typically the people driven out by the higher costs resulting form a city becoming desirable again (or as in SF/Oakland, people who claim to represent those people).
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:19 AM
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That spent a lot of words saying "life is complicated." But, it doesn't follow that, because life is complicated and dynamic, local governments shouldn't have long-term plans about how to redevelop with a focus on getting more revenue out of its core.

In the end, the blog post was too broad in its scope. If he wants to discuss the limitations of Richard Florida's perspective, narrow in on that. If he wants to speak on the challenges of rust belt cities, choose one and discuss how its historical and economic context frame its current challenges in detail.
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