The infrastructure in many parts of the US is shockingly bad. It's often built in a half-assed manner, using the cheapest materials possible, and rarely maintained after that point. American apathy is a catastrophe waiting to happen.America is becoming a third world shithole. People getting water from a park spigot in Texas:
This doesn’t mean much, sadly. Most New Yorkers overestimate their “strength” and “resilience”. The reality is that most people are here for the circus, and when the circus ends, no one wants to be left in the big empty tent. The city that never sleeps is definitely sleeping at the moment. Slumbering, even.
The rich are optimistic because they live in the lap of luxury. Sprawling skyscraper apartments, private cocktail parties, exclusive lounges, delivery everything, etc.
The other 99% of people in the city are struggling to keep up with increasing prices as the quality of life plummets. A large portion of the 64% on that chart are just hopelessly optimistic. Unless current leadership (Cuomo & DeBlasio) is replaced with Republican leadership (think Giuliani), the city will continue its crime-fueled death spiral.
Thanks for making me aware of this blog. Great writing and imagery in that post, although pretty bleak.
At this point Cities are for the Rich or were always for the Rich. For the poor there is no way to live a dignified life in a super-expensive area with sky-high costs of living not to mention the poor quality of life for them in general in such a setting in an urban area.
And then there the is the problems of hygiene and crowding.
I remember reading how Chris Stein of Blondie was a struggling musician in New York in the 70's. He mentioned various figures relating to rent, house prices and so on. One thing's for sure; his 2020's equivalent hasn't got a hope in hell of doing the same.Not true, your perspective is distorted by modern times, a few decades ago nearly all cities were affordable. You could buy a loft in Manhattan for $50,000-$100,000 in the 1980s.
What made cities unafordable is the economic system of financial capitalism which took over and replaced industrial capitalism in the West. People make money by investing/speculating in real estate and financial assets, not by starting businesses or investing in machinery and plants. China grew economically on industrial capitalism, where their economy was based on producing stuff. The state builds their infrastructure, education and healthcare system while the private sector makes products. That's why their growth is unstoppable.
This presentation of economist Michael Hudson explains it very well, if you want to understand where we are and where we are headed from a macroeconomic perspective, this is a great start:
I have perspective, thanks, and I do tend to try and look on the bright side of things despite the societal trends. Going full blackpill won’t help the cause or anyone’s life. That said I can still enjoy some descriptive writing detailing a dark forecast of our potential future.^^ This is the result of whoever wrote this spending their time with a bunch of other people who think like this.
Get some perspective, people like this are as weak as piss.