On not liking the status quo, but not wanting to change

This series of thoughts about cities and resistance to change by Jason Segedy -- the planning director of Akron, Ohio -- is about Rust Belt cities trying to pick themselves back up, but you might recognize a fair amount of what he's talking about from this area. A clip: "The past is a tricky thing to navigate. You can't be held captive by it, be paralyzed by it, or preserve it in amber. On the other hand, you cannot cut yourself off from it, pretend it didn't shape who you are, or create an alternate reality to avoid it." [via Sandy]


So, how this whining is better than whining of those waiting for ol'good times to return? I see no practical suggestion on resolving root cause problems - well, more services, more fancy facades, more bike lanes.. And no hint how to pay for them or how things will be better.
Keep in mind, local coffee shop is a good thing as long as there is some disposable income. Small retail businesses don't do much in terms of GDP or amount of goods available.

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