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.
When you take a walk on the High Line, at the northern end you can watch the construction of what is, in effect, a new city in itself. It's a sight to behold, a boom town. It will even have its own schools, parks, everything.
Will the 60,000 new apartments lower Manhattan rents? I'd guess no. And Brooklyn is a boom town too. However you may feel about NYC, a lot of people want to live there and I don't blame them because it's a high-energy place.
The more people who live there, the better I say. It's the NY Cityers (in contrast to New Yorkers from outside the city) who move to free America and then won't shut up about how much better NYC is, that I hate. I notice they never move back. Second to them are those from California. If it's so great, live there.
I never cease to be amazed at the large number of people who want to live in our shitholes cities. NYC, Chicago, LA, SF, etc but I'm grateful to them. I live in south Florida which is being taken over by the millions of people from those cities who want to get away. The more that stay there the better for us.
Hive dwellers in this country move to the hives because they want the government to take care of their every need and their every desire. For years, I have been begging anyone to show me a hive mayoral ballot from the past 40 years - hell, make that FIFTY years - which lists a candidate that would actually honor the Constitution were he to be elected. There is not even ONE such ballot from ANYWHERE in this country. But there sure is no shortage of ballots listing "Rent Too High!" candidates.
There is good reason why New York is known as the Big Craphole.
Agreed, BirdDog. Somewhat envious of that annual Urban Hike you folks do every year. I did scores of less ambitious but no less interesting walks myself '90-'92. If you like to explore and have a wide variety of interests New York is about as good as it gets.
But as I alluded to earlier.....Nearing 60, I sure as hell wouldn't want to actually LIVE there anymore.
I was born and live 21 years back east in a large city. But now I live in the West in a small town surrounded by national forests. I walk almost everyday in the forest and see wildlife and enjoy the beauty of the West. I like to travel and sometimes visit beautiful cities but they cannot compare to the beauty and peace of Western American forests, plains and deserts.
LIKE. GWTW nailed it. The problem with cities is that they are filled with people. And too many of those big city people are hate filled leftist.
I'll take the serenity and beauty of the forests, deserts, western wildlife, and southwestern lifestyle any day.
There's a deeper issue that needs to be considered. New York is full of people who don't actually produce anything. There's no mining, manufacturing, or agriculture going on in New York. So how do all of these people justify their existence? Through finance. Wall Street, Goldman Sachs, etc.
The whole thing is a scam, permitted by America's largest class of citizens who also don't produce anything: Government employees. The DOD is a perfect example.
It's time to cut these parasites down to size. Place a 2% tax on all stock and bond transactions, fire 15% of the employees at the DOD, and prepare for a default on municipal bonds. This country was not built on loan sharks.