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  1. New York: degeneration of a metropolis | Redline

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  2. Mike Ballard
    Mike Ballard December 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm | | Reply

    Still. you can find hideouts like McSorely’s in NYC. You can skip the overcrowded, increasingly trashy Grand Canyon and hang out with the Sequoias of Kings Park. But overall, your observations are spot on, Comrade Yates. The ever cheapening tendency of commodification speeds us (with ever increasing speed ups) on our way to our respective grindstones and eventually our tombstones or more likely the pile of ashes we become after incineration–it’s cheaper that way. We never notice the beauty. We’re too busy making money, mostly for the capitalist class in exchange for the price of our skills. The seller must pay the price of that sale…..

  3. burghardt
    burghardt December 23, 2013 at 12:44 am | | Reply

    Your analysis of the impact that neo-liberal capital accumulation has had on life in New York is one that most long-time, left wing residents of the city would agree with. We regularly commiserate with each other over gentrification, the displacement of working and middle class communities, the decline of progressive cultural institutions, and so on. And yet, there is at once a particularly New York and recognizably universal dissatisfaction here with these things, which has recently produced electoral victory for a would-be New-New Deal Democratic mayoral candidate (who will likely compromise with elites in the absence of massive, organized left pressure). Nor is the city as thoroughly corporate and homogenized as it may appear to a visitor whose travels confine him to lower and midtown Manhattan. There remains as well a hard-boiled, critical perspective, informed as ever by immigration, diversity, and yes, the city’s history. Native New Yorkers may be the most provincial people in the country and the pace of our lives may be well be unhealthy, but my experience suggests that we still have much to offer.

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