TKC TUESDAY NIGHT QUESTION: HAS THE TECH BUBBLE BURST IN KANSAS CITY???
Tonight our blog community fears that the so-called "silicon prairie" has hit a slump . . .
A couple of resources on this topic for consideration . . .
First, the main point . . .
How High-Tech Jobs Challenge the 'Rise of the Rest'
A TKC reader writes . . .
"For most cities, the tech boom is a bust despite what we hear from City Hall. Time for a change in leadership???"
Drilling down even further . . . Take a look at the consequences of so-called tech success on civic resources . . .
The Downside of Ride-Hailing: More New York City Gridlock
Quick analysis . . .
"Even real subway systems are hurt by Uber"
A worthwhile NYT quote:
"Ride-hailing apps, like Uber and Lyft, are rapidly transforming transportation in New York, emerging as an existential threat to the taxi industry and siphoning passengers away from subways and buses, while raising concerns over worsening street congestion. They are also expanding quickly across the country, altering the travel landscape in places with poor public transit."
And so . . .
TONIGHT WE CONSIDER THAT THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IS ABOUT MORE THAN GIVING PO'FOLK FREE LAPTOPS OR WIFI AND REALIZE THAT TECH IS QUICKLY KILLING JOBS AND INDUSTRY IN KANSAS CITY AND ACROSS THE NATION!!!
And so, our civic investment in this industry might very well be the wave of the future but it doesn't bode well for a great many locals will lose their jobs as a consequence.
Meanwhile, we ask . . . Should Kansas City keep promoting new tech schemes despite very few signs of job creation???
You decide . . .