Friday, February 15th, 2013
I’m not sure how many of you read Richard Longworth’s Global Midwest blog, but if you don’t, you should. There’s great stuff in it regardless of what part of the country you are in.
There have been some particularly interesting posts the last couple weeks. I would love to repost these, but I only have so much time and space here. So in the meantime, here are some quick links to some very good reads.
1. Notes on the Middle Class. A thoroughly depressing roundup of theories on middle class decline in America – without much in the way of tangible solutions.
2. A Sea Change in Midwestern Immigration. This one talks about anecdotal observations of demographic changes resulting from enhanced ICE enforcement in meatpacking towns and such. Apparently employers are now switching from Hispanics (many of whom are here illegally) to various ethnic refugee groups from places like Congo and Togo. These refugees have legal status and are able to work in the US. This is flowing through to the entire makeup of towns and their institutions such as schools.
3. Failing Economies Shorten Lives. Are some failing industrial areas starting to take on Eastern European lifespans as their economies collapse permanently?
4. Detroit Future City. Longworth’s take on the Detroit Future City report.