Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Why Is Brooklyn Dying?

Explaining Brooklyn's "demographic decline" at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: People develop, not places.

Subject Article: "Brooklyn’s Chinese Pioneers: Hardworking Fujianese immigrants use the borough as a launching pad to the middle class."

Other Links: 1. "Ironic Demographics: Brooklyn Is Dying."
2. "Income per Natural: Measuring Development as if People Mattered More Than Places."
3. "Spike Lee’s Amazing Rant Against Gentrification: ‘We Been Here!’"

Postscript: "The number of kids in the US would be shrinking if it weren't for immigrants":

A new report says that the number of children in the US increased during the recession — entirely because of the increase in children of immigrants. It's another reminder that America's immigrants are saving the country from the population decline facing a lot of the rest of the developed world.

State or municipal policy doesn't drive immigration. I'm tired of reading bogus claims about how a growing population is an indicator of economic health. Libertarian think tanks are the worst offenders, trying link population decline with legal regimes that are business unfriendly. Concerning demography, absolutely no thinking going on in those tanks.

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