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  • We have this mismatch.

  • We have a number of Midwestern cities

  • that are smaller than they used to be.

  • "The city of Detroit has lost nearly

  • two thirds of its population since its post-war peak."

  • "Cincinnati has lost 40 percent of its population

  • since 1950."

  • "In 1950, nearly a million people lived

  • in the city of Cleveland.

  • Now, under 400,000."

  • A lot of the industries that have been based there

  • have gone away.

  • "The plant where they once pumped out 12 million

  • four-speed transmissions is shutting down."

  • "A southern Indiana pillow factory prepares to close."

  • "Hostess Brands says it will shut down its Akron plant."

  • "Heads of American Axle Manufacturing in Hamtramck

  • say the plant is closing its doors."

  • So those are cities that are overbuilt.

  • They have airports and housing stock

  • and cultural amenities for bigger cities

  • than they are today.

  • And then we have coastal cities that have not enough

  • infrastructure to support their current populations.

  • A lot of that, there isn't that much we can do about.

  • Google, Apple, JP Morgan,

  • these are private companies that have chosen to cluster

  • in expensive coastal cities.

  • But the government is something

  • that's under our control.

  • "The Washington area now commands the highest

  • housing prices compared to income in the country.

  • If a certain amount of well-paid government jobs

  • left the Washington area, we would not

  • have a crippling hole.

  • This is a very expensive office space market.

  • Companies would lease that space.

  • It's an expensive housing market.

  • If it was a little bit less demand to live here,

  • people who live here would see rents

  • see rents fall down, and it could give places like

  • Cleveland, Detroit, that have a lot to offer, they have

  • art museums, they have professional sports teams,

  • they have theaters, but have a lack of jobs engines,

  • some more opportunities there.

  • There's a lot of government agencies

  • that don't have a great deal to do with politics, per se.

  • The Centers for Disease Control,

  • which is headquartered in Atlanta,

  • is a really good model for that.

  • It's a government agency, it's very important,

  • but it's not really part of national politics.

  • The sort of technical and scientific agencies,

  • you often find, have already decided to sort of move out

  • to the suburbs in search of cheaper and more plentiful

  • office space, and those are the kind of agencies where

  • we should think about... if we could get an even

  • higher standard of living by moving to lower cost cities,

  • but also to places that, frankly,

  • just have more need of the jobs.

  • There's no need for everything to be so incredibly

  • centralized.

  • It makes people feel like politics and government

  • is happening in a far-off, very distant kind of place.

  • The average income in the DC metro area is

  • the highest in the nation, and people rightly find that

  • to be a little bit troubling to the American spirit.

  • And so trying to spread some of that opportunity

  • around, after all, the tax dollars that support these jobs

  • come from everywhere, and it makes sense to,

  • make sure that the benefits also flow everywhere.

We have this mismatch.

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Why government agencies should move from DC to the Midwest

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    詹堯仲   posted on 2017/07/12
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