At the Q gathering in 2010, urbanologist Richard Florida observed that young adults meeting one another no longer ask, “What do you do?” They ask, “Where do you live?” More and more people will change careers in order to stay in a place—connected to family, friends, and local culture—than will change place to stay in a career. The 20th-century American dream was to move out and move up; the 21st-century dream seems to be to put down deeper roots. This quest for local, embodied, physical presence may well be driven by the omnipresence of the virtual and a dawning awareness of the thinness of disembodied life.
- Andy Crouch, Ten Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade (via stoweboyd)
I’m not sure I agree with this, but then NYC seems more like the kind of place people move for careers (although also the kind of city people fall in love with and don’t want to leave). I’ve found my friends to be far more geographically mobile than career-changing.
What do you all think?