Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Movement of Jah People

Joel Klotikin notes a trend that is contrary to the Officially Approved Media Trend which holds that Americans will increasingly live and work in "hip" cities like LA, Seattle, NYC, and San Francisco; resulting in a bottomless supply of Obama voters. Actually, the trend is to flee such locales, not that anyone would ever admit this: Blue State Middle Class Exodus

It's not just the young who will flock to the blue meccas, but money and business as well, according to the narrative. The future, the Atlanticassured its readers, did not belong to the rubes in the suburbs or Sun Belt, but to high-density, high-end places like New York, San Francisco and Boston.

This narrative, which has not changed much over the past decade, is misleading and largely misstated. Net migration, both before and after the Great Recession, according to analysis by the Praxis Strategy Group, has continued to be strongest to the predominately red states of the South and Intermountain West.

This seems true even for those seeking high-end jobs. Between 2006 and 2008, the metropolitan areas that enjoyed the fastest percentage shift toward educated and professional workers and industries included nominally "unhip" places like Indianapolis, Charlotte, N.C., Memphis, Tenn., Salt Lake City, Jacksonville, Fla., Tampa, Fla., and Kansas City, Mo.

Apparently, you can buy a home in Detroit for as little as $2,000. It's been described as a vast empty canvas whose government is so weak and out of it that you can pretty much do what you want, or you can move to a "hip" Blue City where you can discover the expensive joys of a tight housing market, restrictve zoning, and and an oppressive reglatory environment (it's a life style...). Want to build a two-story beehive?

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