Theme: Ironic demographics
Subject Article: "Las Vegas may be missing key aspects to attracting investors."
Other Links: 1. "Spare a thought for Silicon Valley’s rust belt: More cost-cutting to come at suppliers of corporate technology."
2. "Did Robots Save Pittsburgh?"
3. "Cities make use of legacy assets."
4. "San Francisco’s Detroit Moment."
5. "Wall Street to shift more staff out of pricey cities."
6. "The New Geography of Jobs."
7. "The slow death of Silicon Roundabout: Scattering Shoreditch's startups to the winds may not kill them all – but the creative energy that inspired them has gone."
Postscript: I could have done a post on Other Link #7. That story is about the gentrification of the start-up culture from Silicon Roundabout. The ironic gentrifiers, international students:
But in 2010, the council started approving the demolition of these buildings and their replacement with high-rise, commercial student housing that targets wealthy overseas students. The first major development inaugurated a welcome new alleyway that connected a former dead-end with East Road, with an unironic official street sign that read "Silicon Way".
The complaint is audacious in its naked xenophobia, much in the same way Spike Lee's complaints about the gentrification of his Brooklyn were.Still, what a fascinating indicator of the power of the Legacy Economy. London real estate is dear. Housing of international students rates as a good return on investment. Higher education is pushing out tech innovation from the urban core.