Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lost Angeles by Joel Kotkin, City Journal Summer 2011

Lost Angeles by Joel Kotkin, City Journal Summer 2011


Cicero August 08, 2011 at 4:11 AM
We already know why California is in the skids, without resorting to further studies...unlimited, unchecked 3rd world illegal immigration of people that cannot and will not add to America's past rise in subscribing to the free markets, entrepreneural ventures,a solid manufacturing base(not outsourced)cessation of big crop exports to Communist nations..the list goes on ad finitum.The Socialist mindset uses unchecked aliens in their formula to game the elections in their favor as welfare recipients always vote Socialistic Big Government candidates..a forever dependent,parasitical mass of the population that exponentially grows as the host country becomes totally drained; exhausted from "chaos within." How civilizations crumble.
George S Mc QUade III August 08, 2011 at 3:31 AM
Joel Kotkin, this probably one of the most indepth articles on a Los Angeles County reality check in a long time. Great to see you're continuing your studies. George@ 818-340-5300.
Santiago August 08, 2011 at 2:25 AM
Villaraigossa will be hanged in front of his office.
To UNITED STATES CITIZENS: Stop Paying taxes and arm yourselves, WE ARE AT WAR.
"Santiago" August 08, 2011 at 2:21 AM
L.A. Is a Latino trash town, everybody is Leaving, and Mexicans are telling us, The American Citizens to " Go Back To Europe". All we need is 10,000 or 100,000,000 armed angry Civil Volunteers to restore our State, and when we will, Villaraigossa and Edmund Brown ( Both will be tried in a MILITARY COURT) will be HANGED FOR TREASON. Mexicans: GO BACK HOME WHILE YOU STILL CAN> WE WILL RUN THE STATE.
rse4palin August 07, 2011 at 10:08 PM
What Ryan Jones said. (we're boned)
Carl Southwell August 07, 2011 at 9:47 PM
Los Angeles' problems are manifold -- the enormous housing slump and its ripple effects through the construction and other sectors of the economy and the overly strong public sector unions costing its citizens more in direct and indirect taxes per capita than almost any other area of the country (despite low overall public sector employment numbers as a percent of overall employment) are the most prominent -- but an important part of the present comparative slump is due to the fact that California's economy is poorly positioned to capitalize on the financial bust, as have the financial centers, especially Wall Street. Also, Los Angeles hasn't been helped by the fact that federal per capita spending in California is only 36th among the states, and military spending in California has fallen to an 11 percent share (less than its share of population) when it was once 20 percent (with spending centered in the L.A. region). Despite these problems, Angelenos are optimists. We know the present governance and other problems will be overcome through hard work and good ideas.

Jen August 07, 2011 at 8:21 PM
The liberals runined the city, making it a sanctuary city for illegals and welcoming the homeless. Many areas of the city now look like a cross between Tijuana and the Bowery, with a few rich folks living on the fringes in protected enclaves. The giant, obscene billboards are another eyesore, adding to the visual pollution and contributing to the junky impression. Lastly, there is the shallow, soul-less influence of Hollywood,where everyone is rated by their appearance.
In the end, it turns out LA cannot support their huge underclass anymore and they want to bill other counties in California for their philanthropy. Good luck with that one.
Phred August 07, 2011 at 8:18 PM
Incredibly optimistic
vanderleun August 07, 2011 at 7:30 PM
"Will Los Angeles get the Sunshine Revolution that it so desperately needs? Only time will tell."

That's both a weasel statement and a cliche. Stop writing on auto-pilot. You know as well as I do that "Once a bear is hooked on garbage, there's no cure." And LA has feasted on garbage for decades.

The wheels will fly off and LA will spiral into a flaming crash followed by troops in the city before the wisp of a ghost of a chance of renewal even begins to have a pulse.
ryan jones August 07, 2011 at 6:58 PM
Los Angeles is what happens when the Mexicans occupy!

Nearly 50% of all jobs are held by illegals using stolen ssi numbers.

95% of all murder are by Mexicans.

The city puts out $10 million for Mexican grafitti abatement.

Villaraigosa is a M.E.Ch.A. Separatist party member.

L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina is a LA RAZA SUPREMACIST and has helped L.A. County reach $600 million per year in welfare to ILLEGALS.

Of the top 200 most wanted criminals in L.A., 176 are Mexicans.

The tax-free Mexican underground economy in L.A. County is calculated to be more than $2 billion per year...!