19 October 2013

Article: on start-ups and how this time round, San Francisco's recurring utopian dream has shaped national urban culture - http://goo.gl/UdO47f
"At some point, in other words, tech stopped being an industry and turned into the substrate of most things changing in urban culture... Like many observers, I've been dimly aware of a shift in the country's aspirational character over the past few years. It showed up in what people—mostly ambitious middle-class city people—wanted from life, and how they reached for it... For years, I had been travelling from New York to San Francisco... Then, about a year ago, I started to notice that landing back at Kennedy brought the warm release of a down-shifting engine, a sense of lowered stakes."
(8300 words; Nathan Heller; via)