The problem many cities face today is not how to lure people back but where to put them all. In San Francisco, where the poor were squeezed out years ago, even the middle class is feeling threatened by the proliferation of techies who reverse-commute to suburban Silicon Valley. The Times recently reported that midtown sidewalks are so crowded that people have taken to walking in the street.
It’s a bit curious that this is happening just as digital technology infiltrates everything. If the automobile caused us to disperse, the information age seems, paradoxically, to be drawing us back together.
-Frank Rose ‘Augmented urban reality’ The New Yorker