America, Land of Strip Malls and Luxury Condos
A surprising host, Drew Carey walks us through local government’s abuse of eminent domain for Reason TV. In both instances (National City near San Diego and Hollywood), the municipalities are using eminent domain power to make way for luxury condos.
Closer to home, the phrase “boutique city” has replaced Manhattanization as the phrase du jour to describe Ess Eff’s continuing construction boom and demographic changes. (I’ve previously blogged about this here and here.) Perhaps this is why, one of my favorite songs from LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver is “New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Luxury highrises, a surbanite’s idea of urban living.
Oh, yeah, and if you do venture out of the city, this is how the suburbs greet you. Oh, how I remember the boring strip on buses between Baltimore and NYC and NYC and Boston.