Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Quality of Place and Migration

At Pacific Standard magazine, why don't we rank places in terms out-migration rates?

Theme: Brain drain and real estate development.

Subject Article: "Young adult survey: LI needs more housing options, jobs to keep us here."

Other Links: 1. "Symposium on Small Towns, Understanding Rural Migration: Myths, Trends, and Opportunities Exposed."
2. "Not So Much ‘New York Poor’ as ‘Pittsburgh Rich’."
3. "A geographer rolls his eyes at the Horizon District development pitch."
4. "Long Island’s Young People: Why They Will Continue to Leave Long Island."
5. "Symposium on Small Towns challenges narrative of rural decline."

Postscript: Headline, "Manchester is 'ugly, unfriendly and lacking vibrancy', hard-hitting tourism poll finds":

Mancunians may think their city is the best place on the planet... but many overseas visitors are not so sure, a summit on improving the city has heard.

People in other countries view Manchester as ‘ugly’, ‘unfriendly’ and ‘lacking vibrancy’, according to a hard-hitting poll into the city’s tourism appeal.

But the good news, at least, is that these stereotypes are shattered when travelers actually visit the city.

That's right. When outsiders visit the city, the perception changes from negative to positive. Whereas, a place might have a positive image undermined only by residing there. Geographic stereotypes significantly impact migration patterns. Real estate development projects do not.

1 comment:

Allen said...

When you really can't quite afford DC, what do you do?


On the morning that Van Zandt and Fuensalida were eating breakfast in their apartment, Van Zandt suggested Raleigh, N.C., as a possible new location.

“If we chose to live in a smaller or more affordable city, we’d be just fine,” Fuensalida replied as the couple ate on the love seat in their living room.

“But there wouldn’t be a job for me there, working with the community I love to work with,’’ Van Zandt countered. He sank into the furniture.

He picked up an extra job waiting tables at the Saloon on U Street twice a week. On a good Thursday, it adds about $100 to their coffers. Still not enough.

“We’ll figure something out,” he said.

Maybe Richmond, he thought. Or maybe Baltimore.