Harrisburg doesn’t have the money to fix most of its potholes. Hat tip to Althouse.
In the above video, Reason Magazine used Harrisburg as a model for fiscal failure. The former mayor tried to prop up the loss of manufacturing and mostly the steel industry with “being entrepreneurial,” making especially bad investment decisions (the incinerator and the Wild West museum boondoggle).
Will fracking attract more jobs? Will being the state capitol keep it going? Will technology play a larger part?
Just think of all the municipalities across the country facing serious debt problems.
Meanwhile, Cleveland is still not Detroit:
And Detroit is still Detroit.
What about the popular arts and culture?:Update And Repost-From Grist.Org Via The New Republic Via The A & L Daily: ‘Getting Past “Ruin Porn” In Detroit’…From The Detroit News: ‘How The Treasury, GM Stock Deal Got Done’
Related On This Site: Where is Mead coming from?: Repost-Via Youtube: Conversations With History – Walter Russell Mead…
Francis Fukuyama And Walter Russell Mead At The American Interest: ‘None Of The Above’…How much of a role does government have to play?: Francis Fukuyama Interviews Peter Thiel-’A Conversation With Peter Thiel’
Hipsters can change Brooklyn, but can they build an entire economy? Kay Hymowitz At The City Journal: ‘How Brooklyn Got Its Groove Back’…
Obama made much better use of information during the past elections, and politics has a lot to do with information, and manipulating information.
You don’t get the progressive base without the restrictive laws…they are baby steps to paradise: Richard Epstein At Defining Ideas: ‘City Planners Run Amok’…Richard Epstein At The Hoover Institution Journal: ‘Three Cheers for Income Inequality’…Richard Epstein At The Hoover Institution’s Defining Ideas: ‘California’s Kafkaesque Rent Control Laws’