Sunday, August 30, 2015

Philadelphia losing class

Philadelphia losing class


The working class -- what did you think I meant::

The creative class -- workers in science, technology, business, management, arts, culture, media, entertainment, healthcare and law -- makes up 34.6 percent of the metro area's workforce. And the service class -- workers in food service, retail sales and clerical/administrative positions -- makes up 47.5 percent.

That leaves the working class -- those employed in factory jobs, transportation and construction -- as just 17.8 percent of the region's workforce.

"This is startling in a city that was an early manufacturing powerhouse, a center for ship-building, railroad manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, not to mention manufacturing capabilities in beer, candy, and even brooms," Atlantic Cities co-founder Richard Florida writes.

So many of the urban pathologies that we talk about here in Philly, day after day after day, stem from this simple fact -- entire neighborhoods built up around factories that vanished decades ago. But it's a simple fact that is so rarely even brought up.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Will Bunch
Also on
letter icon Newsletter