Heck, every week somebody posts on AskMe looking for a nice small city that has culture and not a horrible amount of sprawl, and it's always the same dozen college towns that ALSO are extremely expensive and have worse unemployment than New York.
Having just moved away from one of the towns that's often recommended for its high urban quality of life, part of this is illusory - it's because people don't hang around that town when they get laid off hoping to find another job there - they just relocate.
Especially if we are talking about the classic university towns, which do indeed genuinely provide fantastic quality of life, part of why jobs are so hard to find is that a fraction of the people who arrive every year to begin college or grad school fall in love (with a person or the place) and decide to stay come hell or high water, so most of the baristas have PhDs, as do half of the people in low level university admin jobs.
poor people can't price you out of your neighborhood
You know who else likes to defile the sanctity of New York pizza with a fork and knife? Hitler. Sarah Palin. And Donald Trump. What have we gotten ourselves into with this guy, many wonder at this hour. Condemnation has been swift.... Will the real Bill de Blasio please stand up and eat his pizza like a real New Yorker? Where is this guy from anyway, BOSTON?
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