Portland paradox @MazzucatoM

Portland paradox @MazzucatoM

The New York Times article asserts that Portland is experiencing a paradox, where all of these amenities are somehow making people worse off. But the connection between wages and amenities isn’t so much a paradox as it is a fundamental axiom of urban economics. Miller dismisses as “perks” the mild climate, great urban neighborhoods, green living, transportation alternatives, and vibrant cultural life that characterize Portland. Yet these so-called perks have a tangible economic value. This insight is captured in something called the Roback-Rosen model developed by economists Jennifer Roback and Sherwin Rosen more than 30 years ago. This model measures the value of amenities by looking at differences in earnings among places. It shows that, if workers accept lower wages to work in one location than another, it is because they attach a real economic value to quality of life....

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/543306

Tweets

What about the spaces on the edge of places? @crwolfelaw #LiminalSpace #Design

What about the spaces on the edge of places? @c...

Third in an illustrated series about place-decoding from the South of France. Today, many promote urban walkability, but f...