Thursday, July 18, 2013

DEAD CITIES


Venice - a lively place in the 1980s

"Many houses and apartments are empty for weeks or months at a time...

"And the workers who service this culture invariably commute long distances..."

Desert attests to lack of community - FT.com

This applies to parts of Venice, Paris, London...

Ordinary people are being priced out of some of our cities.


Paris - too expensive.

Simon Kuper, in the Financial Times, has written about how "Our great, global cities are turning into vast gated citadels where the elite reproduces itself...

"Paris is pricing out even the upper middle-class."

Priced out of Paris - FT.com


Servants may have to stay in the servants quarters, if they cannot afford a bedsit.

"Think of Dick Whittington, the semi-mythical medieval English country boy who ended up mayor of London. 

"But today Dick wouldn't be able to afford a bedsit in London...

"Inevitably, the one per cent in the global city shapes national policies.... 

"Such as deregulating finance...

"Or privileging control of inflation over job growth..." 

Canada: Charges against Levin are horrific ... he had a hand in drafting graphic sex lessons for kids

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Demand is collapsing! This condition is extreme and will be forced on the dis-believing. I see it everyday. It started with gimmicks and smaller potions now its job cuts and plant closings. Soon out-sourcing will replace innovation and incomes will continue to fall. Capitalism morphing into Italian style Corp. Fascism. Another giant skyscraper another recession?

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, as far as I know, Navalny is Jewish....

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/protests-hit-moscow-anti-putin-152352261.html

Anonymous said...

They have guts, havent they?

Argentine Jews demand justice from Iran in bombing

http://news.yahoo.com/argentine-jews-demand-justice-iran-bombing-142345383.html

Anonymous said...

You should try Sydney. Whilst it isn't a ghost town like parts of Venice are it's still absurdly expensive. The CBD is full of apartments which sit around empty most of the year waiting for their wealthy owners to pop in for a week.

best etc. etc.

Anonymous said...

best etc etc I get the impression that Oz is the desirable destination for those intent on ruling the Planet.

Just like I read somewhere else, F/UK/US

This morning I heard on the ABC news that Detroit has declared bankruptcy.

 
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