2014 July 13 Sunday
College Grads Flocking Together In Higher Paying Cities

The higher cost of living is driving out the lower classes even as the size of the lower classes grows in the rest of the nation. The smarter people are creating bubbles where it all looks pretty rosy.

Diamond also found that as cities increased their share of college graduates between 1980 and 2000, they also increased their bars, restaurants, dry cleaners, museums and art galleries per capita. And they experienced larger decreases in pollution and property crime, suggesting that cities that attract college grads benefit from both the kind of amenities that consumers pay for and those that are more intangible.

Reporter Emily Badger worries about what happens to Toledo and Baton Rouge after their college grads leave. That's easy: bad things. In any society where the brains become a dwindling fraction you are going to see decline. It isn't the loss of the college degrees. Is it the loss of brain power that is the problem. That article about how wonderful life is for the college educated who cluster in their own cities never once mentions IQ. But that's what its all about. Smarter people can build better societies and they do.

I've definitely opted for the protected bubble life. If you can't swing that another option is heavy doses of escapist fantasy such as Duck Dynasty. Think about the county you live in. Going up? Going down? Going sideways? Find out. If it is going to become a bad place don't stay too long. Get over the inertia of the settled life and move.

Millions of very decent and good people can't afford to live in upper middle class cocoon cities like what San Francisco is becoming. We need to allow the responsible members of the shrinking middle class and growing lower classes to isolate themselves from the worst members of the lower classes. People who lack the buying power to move to nice protected towns full of professional workers need ways to separate themselves from social pathology. Our current elites inflict section 8 housing and a growing immigrant lower class on the responsible people who can't afford bubble city life. This is just so wrong of them. Our elites are our enemies.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 July 13 08:01 PM 


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andyet said at July 14, 2014 3:33 AM:

Not just college grads, most of humanity will be living in cities:

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects-2014.html?utm_term=United+Nations,+DESA,+Social,+Economic&utm_content=DESA+assists+countries+in+agenda-setting+and+decision-making+with+the+goal+of+meeting+their+economic,+social+and+environmental+challenges.&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

"Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa, according to a new United Nations report launched today....

The report notes that in 1990, there were ten “mega-cities” with 10 million inhabitants or more, which were home to 153 million people or slightly less than seven per cent of the global urban population at that time. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities worldwide, home to 453 million people or about 12 percent of the world’s urban dwellers. Of today’s 28 mega-cities, sixteen are located in Asia, four in Latin America, three each in Africa and Europe, and two in Northern America. By 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more."

And that's a good thing. You want to save the planet? Cram every human into cities. If everyone lived in an urban area with the same population density of Manhattan, Macau or Hong Kong (almost 70,000 people per square mile), all 7 billion of us could live in a single mega-city the size of Colorado. Or the equivalent area taken up by multiple high population density cities.
The rest of the planet could revert back to wilderness.

Except of course for those areas that need to be farmed. And it is farming that is doing the most ecological damage today (deforestation of the Amazon, fertilizer laden run-off, etc.). Using American agricultural techniques (and assuming equally good soil) each person requires one acre of farmland to provide enough food and feed for the animals we eat. At 640 acres per square mile, 7 billion people would require almost 11 million square miles of farmland to provide an American diet. That is an area bigger than Alaska and Canada combined.

But suppose we transitioned to vertical farming and lab grown (cruelty free) meat? Vertical farming (growing our food in the heart of our expanded mega cities) that utilizes dwarf versions of certain crops (e.g. dwarf wheat developed by NASA, which is smaller in size but richer in nutrients), year-round crops, and "stacker" plant holders, a 30-story building with a base of a building block (5 acres) would yield a yearly crop analogous to that of 2,400 acres of traditional farming usin less than 1% of the water currently required to raise crops:

http://www.gereports.com/post/91250246340/lettuce-see-the-future-japanese-farmer-builds

That is a 99.8% reduction in area needed for farming, reducing our food footprint to less than 25,000 square miles. Develop vat grown beef and chicken (with steaks, hamburgers and nuggets made by 3d printers), and Humanity's impact on Planet earth is reduced to a fraction of its current load.

Between worldwide urbanization with massive population transfers (not just college grads)into cities and the rise of vertical farming, the countryside reverts back to a wilderness of abandoned farms and ghost towns.

bob sykes said at July 14, 2014 4:18 AM:

Toledo and Baton Rouge are cities of significant size, so the article is self-contradictory and absurd. The trend is not into just any city, college grads are moving into a few select cities that have unique attractions, like the power centers of Washington, DC. They have fled Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, etc. to escape minority crime and violence. In the very few cities they do go to, they gentrify minority neighborhoods and drive the minorities out.

PS. andyet's vision is the traditional SF version of Hell.

MC said at July 14, 2014 11:31 AM:

Baton Rouge is home to LSU. The percentage of college grads seems to be more or less stable over the last few years:

http://www.braf.org/assets/docs/CityStats/2013%20CityStats.pdf

YIH said at July 14, 2014 1:20 PM:

''Reporter Emily Badger worries about what happens to Toledo and Baton Rouge after their college grads leave.''
One word, Detrafrica:
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/who-kills-who-dies-baton-rouge/
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/st-george-dragon-race/
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-mall-killers/

Dan said at July 14, 2014 2:18 PM:

Something slipped past the censors at WaPo.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/research-human-friendships-based-on-genetic-similarities-beyond-the-superficial/2014/07/14/8aea04fe-0ab5-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html?tid=trending_strip_1

Dan said at July 14, 2014 2:19 PM:

Slipped past the censors at WaPo...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/research-human-friendships-based-on-genetic-similarities-beyond-the-superficial/2014/07/14/8aea04fe-0ab5-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html?tid=trending_strip_1

Check it out said at July 14, 2014 4:53 PM:

"We need to allow the responsible members of the shrinking middle class and growing lower classes to isolate themselves from the worst members of the lower classes. People who lack the buying power to move to nice protected towns full of professional workers need ways to separate themselves from social pathology."

Wrong again Randall. My well-being depends in great part on the well-being of others. One can never be okay if those around you are begging and struggling for justice, equality, jobs, health care, education.

Repeate it like a mantra; sooner or later you'll begin to see the simple historical logic in it. My well-being depends on the well-being of those around me.

Do you think the current immigrant children humanitarian crisis in the U.S. is going to be over soon? Even though your thought is very American, a bourgeoise elite cannot isolate from the world and expect to be fine indefinitely. If the world around you is shrinking because poverty is growing, you will have to learn to live with less, to grow vegetables and raise chickens, to ride a scooter or a bicycle, to mix cement and lay bricks, to buy clothes at Target or K-mart without suffering so much for it, to educate your children on your own, to exercise without a personal trainer and without needing to go to a gym. Learn to do with less.

The collapsing world outside your neighborhood is the product of your indifference. The collapsing world outside the United States is the product of your indifference.

Check it out said at July 14, 2014 5:05 PM:

You will need to learn to get along with blacks, hispanics, native americans, llegal immigrants and other poor people. Talk to them, learn their language, understand their ways and become them in part. The sooner the better, because they're here to stay; they're not going away and they're not going to become less. Get in touch with what you consider to be dirt, because it is in fact the soil from which you eat.

Isolation-prone white Americans can learn a lot from Latin Americans even if your narcissit arrogance tells you that you are "different". Well, you are not. No offence.

John Cunningham said at July 14, 2014 5:51 PM:

Learning from Latin America, we middle-class Americans should increase our reliance on gated communities with private, heavily armed security forces. I take it, Check it Out, that you have never traveled in Mexico, Central, or South America. we should also build high stone walls around our housess, with broken glass imbedded on the top along with concertina wire. our police should always carry military rifles, and we also need to abolish trial by jury, miranda warnings, etc.
A craven lefist like Check it Out should try living in the central city area of Detroit, Camden, Chicago. he would not last 2 weeks.

Randall Parker said at July 14, 2014 7:22 PM:

Check it out,

Care to reveal to our readers here where you live? I can confirm if they don't believe it.

outsider said at July 15, 2014 4:09 AM:

But who will the thugs torment if the easy prey moves out of the hood?

aandrews said at July 15, 2014 7:28 AM:

Re Check it out said at July 14, 2014 5:05 PM

I insist on the right to be left to my own devices and the hell alone otherwise, and not have to deal with "blacks, hispanics, native americans, llegal immigrants and other poor people" if I don't want to. One should concentrate on building a comfortable and secure position in life, which is (more or less) a closing window: it's going to get progressively more difficult as time goes on, and you will wind up caught if you're not careful. At this late date its finally sunk in on me that one needs to, as a policy, avoid, like the plague, stupid people and congenital losers. They will drag your ass down!

The fourth doorman of the apocalypse said at July 15, 2014 8:09 AM:

Randall, tell us anyway ... hypocrisy such as that should be exposed.

The fourth doorman of the apocalypse said at July 15, 2014 8:14 AM:

My question would be: What type of college grads?

Are these people with worthless degrees like International Relations and such or are they people with the skills to keep the electricity running and in civil engineering and such?

In some sense it matters little if those with worthless skills and an enhanced ego huddle together as long as those with the skills for keeping civilization going are more spread out. Or rather, it delays the collapse just a little longer.

However ...

Ted Cunterblast said at July 15, 2014 8:37 AM:

Check it out said: "...because they're here to stay; they're not going away and they're not going to become less."

Yeah, keep telling yourself that. lol Their presence in N. America is anything but permanent. They arrived here easily enough, and they can leave easily enough, too. That is, if things like civil war or epidemics don't take care of their numbers first.

Dan said at July 15, 2014 2:05 PM:

Check It Out says, "The collapsing world outside your neighborhood is the product of your indifference. The collapsing world outside the United States is the product of your indifference."

Check It Out shockingly advocates colonialism. How long will we have to wait until reactionaries such as Check It Out depart so that the arc of history can finally turn toward justice?

destructure said at July 15, 2014 9:38 PM:

"Randall, tell us anyway ... hypocrisy such as that should be exposed."

I agree. If he's going to come here and lecture Americans then his nationality should be known so that we can examine his motives.

Whiskey said at July 16, 2014 12:28 AM:

Machiavelli advises the Prince to kill enemies before leaving them poor and alive. They will thirst for revenge. It is considered a classic, pre-Revolutionary condition for the great mass of people to experience rising income, and then falling, with no relief in sight.

In short, Check it out AND Randall Parker are missing the whole point: America is headed for a White Guy revolution, those NOT the Silicon Valley winners, or hereditary trust fund reporters, or the other narrow White elites who have Third Worlded the great mass of Whites particularly White guys who are basically open season.

Nor is "coexistence" possible, Black and Brown prefer their own enclaves and practice Ethnic Cleansing, yes, including Whites as targets. White flight out of Detroit was not because hey, White guys hate Black athletes and don't attend or watch Black dominated Professional Sports. It is because virulent anti-White violence, suppressed in the press but nevertheless very real, led Whites to flee.

I've driven past scenes in New Orleans where one Black guy beat his pal to death over $10 worth of crack. What on earth does anyone think White guys will do to keep home and house together, particularly when credit is scarce and expensive, and incomes are declining?

The only question is, how many will be killed, how will the military and police split, and how deep will the racial lines become? Will a Homeland Security force of mostly Black/Hispanics shoot and kill say, blockaders of illegal alien dumping who are mostly White and middle class?

The great mass of the Third World is poor because they are third world, that is low IQ, bad culture reflecting low IQ, corrupt elites reflecting low IQ, mostly low IQ. Israel, Germany, Finland, Japan are all vastly different places with different major faults, but they are not plagued by the constant intra-ethnic violence that characterizes say, life in Detroit or Port Au Prince.

It is my fervent hope (because I'm not going to be a street fight winner much less one facing off against Eric Holder) to see this play out far away from America. I would advise Expatriation to any sensible person on a permanent basis. America as a nation is finished anyway. It will be nothing but Northern Mexico and Guatemala with drug cartel violence, "Get the Gringo" style ethnic cleansing, and eventually a hot civil war among Whites with deep racial grudges by surviving Whites against Non-Whites and White elites. Like I said, I hope to be elsewhere, since this is as predictable as the calendar.

CamelCaseRob said at July 16, 2014 10:42 AM:

I am guessing that Check-it-out is posting from the Vatican! Am I right?

Check it out said at July 16, 2014 3:48 PM:

Look Dan, if you don't have the decency to say why you call me reactionary in favor of colonialism you can simply go fuck yourself and your mommy. Can you even explain what you mean by that? Dumb asses like you have grown to fat and lazy to even type a full idea and just jerk around in this page to reinforce self beliefs and certainties.

State the ground of your opinions and ideas with whatever's left of your numbed brain -if I can dignify it with the term-. You're so mentally dull and lazy even to produce one full idea, tell me I'm wrong. So go call your mother a reactionary. ¿Has she been colonized lately? If I give you my number, will you pass it on to her? I'm sure she will have a most pleased reaction towards me than you. You can bet your life on it.

Check it out said at July 16, 2014 4:19 PM:

"I take it, Check it Out, that you have never traveled in Mexico, Central, or South America." Gee, I'm sorry John. You're right, I don't know what I'm talking about. You idiot, I live in Mexico and lived in South America. Randall can tell you about my IP, just ask him. He knows my typing ain't local. This is an open internet page for giving your opinion freely John. That's why pages like this are so wonderful and interesting: because you can read opinions from others around the world. It's called open communication and sharing of ideas, which is basis for any mental progress.

See that's the problem with so many Americans -not all, of course-. They're so f***en dogmatic, arrogant and narcissist, they think they're always right with not one shred of evidence. It would be funny if the rest of the world didn't have to deal with people like you.

Have we ever met John? Do you know who I am? How can you come so fast to such stupid conclussion about who anybody is? Do you really think that you can give an opinion on politics, world affairs or any other topic alike?

Now John, I would never assume for example how old you are, but given the certainties you hold based on such uncertain guesses, your mind works like that of a 10-year old kid.

Nevertheless and in spite of all the above I do agree with your "we should also build high stone walls around our housess, with broken glass imbedded on the top along with concertina wire. our police should always carry military rifles, and we also need to abolish trial by jury, miranda warnings, etc." Yes!, yes! of course, just do it faster and please build those walls a lot higher so nobody in the shit hole you call home can ever get out or get in. I'm absolutely sure that you will be very happy; fuck! what I'm saying!, you ARE already very happy in that wonderful Orwellian police state that you now live in. I mean, I can read it all over this site. You all do nothing but complain about any and every president you end up electing.

By the way now that you've swallowed all this, just remember that I never addressed you and I never started with the insults. Same goes for all of you shit for brains whose only arguments are insults and dull sarcasms.

Check it out said at July 16, 2014 4:35 PM:

"Yeah, keep telling yourself that. lol Their presence in N. America is anything but permanent. They arrived here easily enough, and they can leave easily enough, too. That is, if things like civil war or epidemics don't take care of their numbers first."

You think they're the ones leaving? You think their the ones being taken care of first by civil war or epidemics? --See Randall what I mean about how childish-minded many around here are?-- Ted actually thinks he's counterblasting. He actually believes he has produced a thought.

Anyway Ted, I don't think you know what a civil war is. Oh, I forgot, you actually might! Are you one of those southerners who love to re-act the Civil War hoping that by performing in them the outcome is going to be different, right? Sorry, my mistake.

You're right, all those blacks, poor and immigrants who came to the U.S. will be leaving soon. And yes, of course, an epidemic is going to come from somewhere -perhaps God- and kill 'em all. For sure. I could I not have seen that.

Check it out said at July 16, 2014 5:03 PM:

"Care to reveal to our readers here where you live? I can confirm if they don't believe it."

Sure. Mexico at the moment, just like I posted to John Cunningham above.

Now Randall, can you tell me how living somewhere else is relevant to expressing your opinion? This is an opinion site, isn't it? And perhaps you can tell me what's with all the insults against a different opinion? Are opinions here suppressed?

I know that ideas or opinions are not subject to be respected or disrespected, but persons are. If they make pray of my opinions is fine, but it should be done through evidences or at least through logical and reasonable argumentation. That is what we all enrich from: different ideas. That's what we all here should wish for: somebody who thinks completely different from myself or the society immediately around me. I've been congruent with myself and honest to all here. I'm not trolling around and you've got plenty of evidence: I state opinions and give the ground on which I base them, whenever I'm asked to, and maybe that should be a tacit requirement for everybody here. However most of the time I only find inquisition from idiots who don't stop for 2 goddamn minutes before replying. I believe you are a fairly decent person Randall, so I believe that if you're going to enquire from or rebuke, you should do it equally fairly, and only after analyzing each other's ideas, otherwise we're just playing tennis without a net, right? And in my case I seem to be playing alone against many at once. That's fine; I have enough for all of them, but I just need a fair referee.

Now, you know I've been a loyal participant in this site for quite a while. I don't believe you're going to suppress my opinions simply because they're not posted to reinforce beliefs so many idiots have in common.

I have to acknowledge that you invited me to reveal where I live and waited before you exposed me. For that I thank you.

Check it out said at July 16, 2014 5:24 PM:

For the rest of you lowlifes, I tell you: Refute my ideas and beat them with your own ideas, if you can produce some of your own, and respect the person. Otherwise you can all go fuck yourselves; although I'm pretty sure you already have with your own head.

---I apologize to Randall, because this is not the ideal type of language for a site that should be thriving with ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT OPINIONS AND IDEAS.---

Yes, lowlifes, the caps are very much mine and I use them to see if I can get it through your thick fucken skulls and into your soggy fucken jelly brains: ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT OPINIONS AND IDEAS. ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT OPINIONS AND IDEAS. DON'T INSULT THE PERSON BECAUSE YOU PUSSIES FEEL INSULTED OR STRIPPED BY OPINIONS. Truth, or at least reasonability should go before your fucken cathedral-sized egos.

And fuck you again!

Ted Cunterblast said at July 16, 2014 10:50 PM:

Check it out ~ You seem pretty angry. I guess my words got to you. In a civil war situation, Progressives like you and your pet Orcs are extremely vulnerable, and you know it. Hence your fear. You and I both know this is going to end in tears. Difference is, I welcome it and am preparing for it, while you simply stamp your feet. See you on the battlefield.

destructure said at July 17, 2014 5:43 AM:

checkitout

Your English is too good to have grown up in Mexico. So what are you doing there?

**

Your comments weren't to me but I'd like to address them.

the collapsing world outside your neighborhood is the product of your indifference. The collapsing world outside the United States is the product of your indifference.

No it's not. People like to scapegoat others for poverty. But it's the result of one's own ignorance, corruption, criminality and low IQ. I can't help people who won't help themselves and wouldn't even if I could.

"You will need to learn to get along with blacks, hispanics, native americans, llegal immigrants and other poor people. Talk to them, learn their language, understand their ways and become them in part."

I grew up in a majority black city and went to school in a housing project. So I don't need anyone, especially you, lecturing me about "learning to get along with blacks." It's a shame you and andyet didn't have that experience because it would have immunized you against your mental illness. You think the worst thing whites can be is 'racist'. But among blacks the worst thing one can be is an 'uncle tom'. In other words the worst thing to blacks is to not be racist enough. For blacks, there's no right or wrong. There's only 'team black'. I haven't had as much experience with hispanics and others but I've had some and noticed similar to a lesser extent. Whites aren't the problem. Whites aren't even racist enough to defend themselves. That's the problem. And it needs to change.

So why do you and andyet condemn whites for any sense of self preservation while turning a blind eye to the most egregious racism of others? I've answered that in our exchange last month. You're psychologically defective. Leftists are actually prejudiced against their own people. In fact, psychological studies have shown that extreme leftists even favor strangers over their own family. Do I really need to explain how that's maladaptive? Like I said, you're psychologically defective.

Randall Parker said at July 17, 2014 7:53 PM:

Whiskey,

You use the term revolution. I am unclear what you expect will happen. You mean violent revolution? Where? When? With what leaders? Will they succeed? At what objective? Do be specific.

Check it out,

You really should apologize to the other people for calling them low lifes. They do not deserve it.

Where you live: Well, some people pretend to be part of a society in order to gain credence as a critic of that society when they aren't really a part of that society. This is deceptive.

I see people pretend old loyalties and a past that lets them pretend their new position is really an abandonment of allies they no longer find worthy. Yet they never found those others to be worthy in the first place.

So much deceptive moral posturing.

Randall Parker said at July 17, 2014 8:06 PM:

Check it out,

Lots of people feel quite okay knowing this:

One can never be okay if those around you are begging and struggling for justice, equality, jobs, health care, education.

So are you telling me you live an unhappy life because you live around lots of people who have little education, are poor by American standards (though not by world standards), and live in a country with a lousy criminal justice system and a pretty high murder rate? How about your neighbors? They all unhappy knowing this?

Also, who do you fault for this state of affairs where you live?

destructure,

Check it out does not write like he is an American. That's why I wondered where he lives. Where he got his world view is still a bit of a mystery though. A Latin American left wing university perhaps? Or a European left wing university?

Global Thought Criminal said at July 18, 2014 8:25 PM:

I am in Caspar, Wyoming for the moment. The people there are not terribly sophisticated by East- or West-coast standards, but they are friendly, enthusiastic and white, for the most part, and they seem to believe in having Children.

I suspect they are the future, unlike Check it out.

James Bowery said at July 25, 2014 8:44 AM:

Check it out writes: "You will need to learn to get along with blacks, hispanics, native americans, llegal immigrants and other poor people."

I lived on the border of Tijuana Mexico for some years (Imperial Beach, CA). I also lived, for some years, in a section of San Diego that was so poverty-stricken and violent that the SD Police department had to truck in a portable station and plop it down right in the street about 3 blocks from where I lived. During that time there were pools of blood scattered random places -- one which brought me under questioning because it had splattered my car. I was also attacked while getting out of my car at night by a knife-wielding carjacker in addition to having my car stolen.

Can you please just leave me alone in the small town rural Iowa environment I grew up in now?


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