Posted On: Friday - July 21st 2023 7:25AM MST
In Topics:   Americans  The Future
The small portion of a Tucker Carlson interview of Mike Pence that we discussed in our most recent post (Wednesday) included Tucker Carlson's mention of the sorry state of America's cities. Not to repeat the discussion there, but, yes, Pence was right if his point was simply that the job of the President of the US does not include taking care of American cities. OTOH, it doesn't include sending weapons of war to foreign countries fighting other foreign countries on which the US Congress had not voted to declare war either!
I was on the side of President Gerald Ford when he, per the New York Daily New's paraphrase, told then-broke New York City to drop dead in 1975. Were a (God forbid!) President Mike Pence to tell Hartford, Connecticut or any other city in America begging for US taxpayer dollars the same thing, I'd gain a little respect for him.
Tucker Carlson was right in his more basic point that this country is going downhill fast (so it's ludicrous to send billions of $ to the Ukraine). He's right about American cities.
OK, it's great we can say "I told you so" about the left-coast cities of San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, or the Big One, NYC, as their Socialist and Black!-worship policies have come back to bite them in their asses. It's every American city I've been to that is falling fast though. Perhaps there are some trends based on geography, and definitely some political factors, but this goes beyond all that. The world is changing. The demise of the city may be an inherent and important part of the transition into the future.
Due to business reasons, we were in Hartford, Connecticut, and I had a few hours to get out and about. This is not some unique place - it's just an old established American city.
Hartford has been the sole* capital of the State of Connecticut since 1875. It's known as the "Insurance Capital of the World". Hartford was the richest city in the country for a few decades after the War Between the States, but wiki says it's the poorest now. Does that make this post an act of cherry-picking? No, the Cherry Capital is Traverse City, Michigan. OK, seriously, no, because, as you'll see this post is about an outwardly normal looking city, and the observations I'll make here are the same as I could in other cities of the same size that I've been to recently. I just took pictures this time.
I'll make observations only, in this post. I'm sure the PS reader will have plenty of thoughts on the reasons behind these observations, but I'll hold those thoughts of mine until Part 2 tomorrow.
Note in the picture above that the buildings and the lighting look modern enough. The downtown doesn't look run-down at a first and far-enough off glance. This scene is from nearby the other big buildings.
There are SOME people downtown, as this parking lot indicates - this wasn't the peak (trough, really) of the PanicFest - it was a few weeks ago. Where are these particular people, working in some of the offices? With major insurance companies based here and the many State offices, you'd think office work would be a big thing here. Things are changing though ...
Office workers have to eat lunch sometime (around noon, I guess), and they have to take care of errands. That's supposed to be one of the benefits of being in the city - convenience. There were not many people out and about, and hardly any people dressed in office attire.
I am used to medium sized American cities being virtually ghost towns after office hours, due to the pervasive Black! influence in the inner cities. However, I've seen positive changes over the last 2 decades on that score as more people LIVE, rather than just work, in the downtowns. You all know what those standard-issue condo buildings look like - all the same design, high rent, but you've got that coffee shop on the ground floor and maybe a couple of pool tables...
That gentrification (pricing out the ghetto dwellers) has been a good thing for cites , but things are changing again though...
A significant portion of the few people walking around that day in Hartford were bums. The smell of urine was all over, except when the smell of skunkweed overpowered it... a good thing... barely. I came upon this fairly high office tower that is now vacant.
A big sign on the glass in front says that this place is up for residential rental. There's a lot of conversion of office space to living space now. You don't get your balconies and that, but it's all location, location, location, right? That is, if this still IS a good location.
There was me, a couple of bums, and some other guy walking by, that's all, over the course of a few minutes, pretty dead for The Big City. Yeah, "Bright Lights, Big City", we can go out to the bars, wait, what bars? Me, well, I went into a fast food joint. Service was better than it looked like it WOULD be, but that's because I was one of only 2 customers. The place smelled bad and was almost entirely Black! What else does downtown Hartford have for "amenities"?
There is still this fancy clothing store? Isn't that a thing in the big city, shopping, for the nice shapely city women who you may meet at the office and those bars, right?
I looked inside, and there was nobody but a salesman or two in the place. I admit, Sears (as I forgot to mention in that old blue jeans story), formerly, and now Target are where I buy clothes in person. Still, there are people who like these sort of places. I'm thinking Elaine in Seinfeld, but actual real people too.
What is the point of being in these cities now? What does the future hold for them? That discussion will be in the next post (or in comments here - that would be fine).
* Prior to that, there were dual capitals of Connecticut, Hartford and New Haven.