Elsewhere

Metro to Provide $.50 rides on Rt. 1 on July 18: just that, taking you to the Cincinnati Zoo, Union Terminal, Cincinnati Art Museum and other cultural points of interest.

Date Night | Washington Park: most of my Cincinnati friends are single and complain about how hard it is to meet people here. Meanwhile, at Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park, “couples are invited to lay down their blankets, curl up on the Civic Lawn and enjoy a one-of-a-kind date night.”

Over-the-Rhine to Be Hub of Innovation for Cintrifuse: more entrepreneurship is coming to the neighborhood.

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics: Chris Glass explores Moscow.

“Green Acres” Under Threat of Destruction: peril for an amazing site-specific architectural sculpture in Trenton, NJ.

Homeownership Means Little to Economic Growth: in fact, “Most metros with high levels of homeownership have relatively low rates of productivity.”

Soviet Bus Stops Captured by Worldly Photographer Christopher Herwig: just that.

4 thoughts on “Elsewhere

  1. Florida has lost it. When he ties manufacturing jobs to the postwar home building boom, he comes close.
    Home ownership has always been more about building stronger, more durable communities because the home owner had a stake in the community & wasn’t going anywhere. This should lead to a more stable community from which to build a stronger foundation on.
    That postwar housing boom created a new lifestyle that required a lot of new products. To boost the economy today, we need to create a new lifestyle. Green refurbishing of urban areas could be one way.
    AFAIK, the 30 yr mortgage was introduced in the early 20th century & made sense because jobs were longer term. Nowadays entrepreneurs with VC go for the quick buck & tend to use people for shorter term projects & crap so a guy can’t expect to work at one place for 30 or even 10 years so renting becomes more practical. I would imagine the fast economic growth areas based on this employment/investment philosophy result in higher rates of rentership.
    That is, I think Florida is just in the statistics mode of lies, damned lies & statistics.

  2. I often disagree with Florida or at least find fault in his reasoning. However, I think he makes an interesting case in that article.

    From my own experience, the ability to make a short-term commitment to a new place by renting has enabled me to live in more places. That has certainly allowed some professional opportunities. If renting were not possible, I most likely would have stayed in Boston and waited for Michael to graduate from UC instead of coming to Cincinnati for 2 years [which, in turn, became 6 as we figured out, in a low-risk way, that Cincinnati’s a pretty good place for us right now].

  3. Thanks for posting that link to AtlanticCities, which might become my new favorite website. The home ownership delusion also fueled the housification of apartments that are called condos, lofts, etc. Carrying a mortgage on a floorspace that, before the Second World War, you would have rented, still seems like through-the-looking-glass chicanery to me. A mortgage is not a “stake in a community,” anymore that a credit card is. Mortgage holders don’t even need a physical corporate presence is your community.

    With rare exceptions, housification wiped out the cheapest, last resort living space, the SRO hotel. Developers created myths about immorality and crime in SRO’s that encouraged politicians to dezone them. This allowed the developers to move in and turn those former SRO’s into condos. Much of the gov’t and NGO programs for “housing” the poor do not allow for single person, single room occupancy. Single working poor people don’t have time to both maintain a house and work the 60 hours/week needed to survive.

    I know, I’m digressing again. But still. (Does anybody say “housification?” Maybe I should have that copyrighted.)

  4. Yeah, I guess I can accept condos in a city like NYC, where there are many apartment buildings than single-family homes. In a city like Cincinnati, owning air seems a bit like the Emperor’s New Clothes to me. Anyway, I agree that home ownership is at least not the only way in which you can have a stake in your community, especially right now, when so many people seem stuck in their communities at the expense of whatever better/other opportunities they may have elsewhere.

    SROs seem to be a dying breed. The two more contemporary, somewhat similar examples I can think of are co-housing and micro-apartments. There are plenty single working people for whom the expense and maintenance of an entire apartment’s worth of amenities may be excessive, and it’s great to have an appropriate housing option that addresses this.

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