Lost City weighs in on the state of the City:
We rely on a few specious "industries" to keep the City's engine going. There's financial services, in which people make money shuffling other people's money around. Then there's real estate, in which people either many money feeding the same living spaces through the system again and again, or tear down existing building so they can build news one, creating temporary construction jobs and upping the ante on living costs each time. This process is repeated when necessary. Finally, there's tourism, when folks from other countries come and gawk at what appears to be a working City, and spend lots of money at the restaurants and bars and arts attractions that we keep opening for them.
What's Wrong With New York
In recent months, the Recession halted the decade-long development boom. Poof! There's goes one source of income. Then the financial crisis on Wall Street threw financial services against a brick wall. Poof! Did it surprise anyone that, with two of the aces in City Hall's economic house of cards withdrawn, the City suddenly went from Boom Town to Bust? Now, tell me again that Bloomberg is a great business manager. His company, called New York City, is going down the drain.