Two recent essays from the past month:
Where the Streets Have No Numbers in Real Life Magazine
Florida himself has since backpedaled on many of these claims. His latest work, The New Urban Crisis, is a mea culpa of sorts, a career-spanning apologia similar in scope to Hillary Clinton’s What Happened, another work by a prominent liberal technocrat desperately trying to explain a world that their political failings helped create and that has largely cast them aside.
The parallels between Clinton’s and Florida’s books are striking: Each was overconfident in their computer models and ignored contrary evidence. They failed to understand the Rust Belt, seeing only rejuvenating progressive cities like Madison, Wisconsin or Hudson, New York and missing the deeply seated white resentment that also flourished alongside them. To Florida’s credit, he eschews finger pointing and contritely admits how sorely he had missed the mark. He had, in his own words, “been overly optimistic to believe that cities and the creative class could, by themselves, bring forth a better and more inclusive kind of urbanism.”
The coverage of net neutrality has largely focused on national politics, large corporations, and the broad economic implications of network regulation. Little has been said about the tangible impact of net neutrality’s demise on local communities. Businesses, labor unions, and nonprofit organizations rely on, and even base their work off of, a free and open internet. Net neutrality’s demise, if it does come to pass, will have an outsized impact on the people who rely on the internet the most to access essential services and run their organizations.