Monday, November 28, 2005


This is a very important issue effecting our region and city. Job loss and job growth. There was an interesting story by Eric Heisler about this in yesterday's Post. We really need to address jobs in our city and jobs in our region. We have been doing a much better job attracting residents and working on our living enviornment, but we still lack in terms of business. Our commmercial areas have long dried out, and the physical structures are aging, new construction is still difficult despite improvements and we still compete against ourselves regionally which does not benefit us as a people. And sadly enough we don't really think of more than one or two ways to restart growth in our commercial sectors. O, there is so much room and there is so much waiting...

The article delves into how we have population growth, yet job loss. The one thing it addresses is that people are moving into the city not for jobs, but for a lifestyle. How decadent. And true.

The story also has the optimistic end that jobs will increase where the people are. That is fine and dandy, but it still did not address that we need to compete as a region, and as a country. We need to start thinking about jobs, and we need to stop thinking as a city and we need to think as a region. We have a whole lot of tools and aspects which give us an advantage, it is just a matter if we decide to work together. Each time we think of the immediate condition of just our own backyard we lose another day, another step.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When that life science petition comes by, sign it.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Gate's Mom said...

So when are you going to run for public office and make a difference? You know so many people and are well respected. You would be such a positive influence and get the city moving in the right direction.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Bill Streeter said...

Job loss is a national issue as much as it is a regional issue. Globalization is going to make it next to imposible for Americans to compete without taking huge cuts in their standard of living. Sad but true. Don't blame me, I didn't want trade deals with not protections for our own industries. Protectionism isn't a dirty word. Since when is protecting ourselves a bad thing. Orwellian indeed.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

True, but we need to think regionally. We may be able to effect our national competition, but we can definitely step ahead in terms of regional growth. We are still faring much better than many in terms of international trade. There will always be pain on a international level of trade, but the US still commands quite a bit of juice internationally to more positively effect our national economy. We pretty much have China working for us, literally giving us whatever we want. The real pain has yet to be felt.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Oh, and Cathy aka gate's mom, I am not sure if holding a municipal office is the best way for someone like me to positively affect change. I am not sure I could calmly deal with the many petty issues our government officials are forced to deal with, especially on the municipal level.

10:58 PM  

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