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
Quotation:
"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)