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Links & Takes

by M.G. Siegler


May Your City Never Become San Francisco, New York or Seattle

On the topic of Amazon's (and Paul Allen's) hometown of Seattle, Emily Badger had a funny post just before the new year on the trend of cities complaining about become too much like other cities:

Denver seemed to imply no obvious meaning until The Kansas City Star’s editorial board assigned it one last month. “Stop the Denverization of Kansas City,” its headline said. Befuddled readers in Denver realized their city was now a synonym for gentrification — at least, among cities not yet expensive enough to worry about San Francisco-ization.

See also: "The boom shows little sign of abating, meaning that Seattle has only a few years before it contracts a case of full-blown San Francisco." With this killer stat:

Research by two economists, Chang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti, estimates that removing excessive regulations in just three cities—New York, San Francisco and San Jose—could boost America’s GDP by 9% because more people could move to them.


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