Inner cities are now playgrounds for elites

Inner cities are now playgrounds for elites, by Joel Kotkin.

Most major American cities are now typified by a “barbell economy,” divided between well-paid professionals and lower-paid service workers. …

The new urban demographic—a combination of poor residents, super-affluent households (many childless), and a younger generation with limited upward mobility—has created conditions peculiarly ideal for left-wing agitation. …

Cities today are about as politically diverse as the former Soviet Union; they are increasingly dominated by “the civic Left,” for which pragmatism and moderation represent weakness and compromise. …

For many, an escape from the Left means heading to places where the political climate is, if not outwardly conservative, more moderate and business-friendly. …

If the flight of moderate, middle-income homeowners continues, along with the growth in population of poor residents and childless hipsters, urban centers will be destined to serve as sandboxes for the progressive political class.