Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Podcast with Ed Glaeser

podcast conversation with Harvard's Ed Glaeser, a if not the top economist who does urban affairs.   Does Zoom mean we all work from home? Will cities bounce back? Will San Francisco and New York fade and smaller cities grow? What problems are the policies causing and can cities reverse downward spirals? How to help unfortunate people who live in cities? Join us for a fast paced discussion with a leader in the field.

This is a follow up to a previous podcast on cities

Update: Courtesy Marginal Revolution the SF Chronicle on "rampant brazen shoplifting," (solve for the equilibrium, as MR likes to say) 
a man wearing a virus mask walked in, emptied two shelves of snacks into a bag, then headed back for the door. As he walked past the checkout line, a customer called out, “Sure you don’t want a drink with that?”

The Walgreens is shutting down -- which hardly matters as the shelves were bare anyway

Also in the Chronicle, Burglars switch to homes in S.F. as tourists, and their cars, stay away  on a spike in residential burglary, even while people are in their homes. 

Ed and I talked about a spiral, crime, high taxes, people leave, businesses leave, amenities leave, which can be irreversible. 


  1. This was great. Thank you.

  2. This was a great listen, thank you!

  3. I went to see an apartment in Soma with my wife. I used to live and work in SF so I came in with some expectations. The apartment was nice and had a view of the Bay Bridge. But downstairs were a legion of homeless camps. I have enough experience to know that while a lot of the homeless are beging, too many are crazy and or violent. We said no thanks despite a generous offering on the rent.

    As an aside, when I lived in SF, I parked up a massive hill. If someone was going to break into my car, they would have to work for it. They never did.

  4. When economists can get their arms around attachment theory, they will find how the destruction of family life has been a major contributor to the plight of cities and societies in the West. "Living With Children" by Gerald Patterson, who helped formed the OSLC, is an eye opening read.

    Great episode.


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