Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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 . . .

12 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Nobody wants to risk getting left behind. That's the big take away.

The punch line is that KCMO ruining a big part of the town doesn't have much benefit for anybody else except for lawyers, consultants and politicians. That's the "smart" city for you.

Anonymous said...

The figures show negative digital services job growth for Kansas City for 2010 - 2015. All hype and zero results.

Anonymous said...

TKC TUESDAY NIGHT QUESTION: HAS THE TECH BUBBLE BURST IN KANSAS CITY???

NOPE!!! NOT IF YOU'RE SMART!!! THANKS FOR ASKING!!!

Anonymous said...

Looking like the douchebag homosexual agenda Killa city is in need of a silicone implant beef up ?¿

Anonymous said...

FWIW, the kansas city metro area has typically been short about 2,500 software developers at any given time over the past ten years. No real job crises.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to technology “there is NO truth, there is only spin”. Technology may be successfully lining the pockets of the wealthy rulers that control the manufacture and marketing of these “advances”, but is it not apparent that no matter how much technology gives, it always TAKES far more from those who become enslaved by it?

Anonymous said...

^^^ Hear! Hear!

Anonymous said...

Fuck taxi's, they are the next blockbuster video and KC Star, dead industry walking.

Anonymous said...

Kansas City = FAIL

GearKC said...

Agree with 10:24 - You gotta be smart and if you're not, you will get left behind driving an Uber at a loss.

Anonymous said...

Or 12:11 You get up early, make a nice nest and don't look back. I'm fishing already on Smithville Lake, my employees better not be late. White bass and Walleye tacos for lunch!

Anonymous said...

Has this so called tech boom created any company that employs more than 50 people?