We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Will a Mayor DeBlasio return NYC to its dystopian past? Sultan Knish sure thinks so: It's DeBlasio Time
If he's right, I'd advise our readers to explore some of the wonderful neighborhoods of the city asap. Right now, it's a lovely, vibrant, youthful, colorful and safe place to visit, thanks (mostly) to Mayor Giuliani. It is drawing all of the ambitious young people of America and the world, and it's packed with tourists too. That's why it's expensive.
I'll give you dance. Theatre and fashion are dead, although garment manufacture is still a big piece of the action. Performing arts is up there with the museums, not much new, but good old stuff from a better past.
Some of the high schools are good, the universities not so much, certainly not in the same class as they were. The top city for medical and higher education is Boston and I expect some of the Texas cities to catch up in the next couple of decades.
Entrepreneurs do better in Silicon Valley, Boston, TX, NC, SLC, and other up and coming centers. Price and environment are probably going to move more and more ambitious young folks out of Boston and Silicon Valley. Massachusetts already feels like a museum for old people.
Like California, NYC could be a nice place, but at the moment it is too expensive, and surrounded by the decayed remains of a manufacturing past. But there is always the port. NJ has the port.