Escape From New York

According to recent Census data, 277 people move away from the New York metropolitan area every day. That is over 100,000 people a year. After seeing this data my first thought was, “Why isn’t it more?”

Don’t get me wrong, New York City has a lot to offer. It also has high real estate costs, high city taxes, high state taxes, and all sorts of costly regulations.

In the past, your business being in a large metropolitan area meant greater access to customers and clients. With technology and communications advances, that physical proximity is far less important than it once was. Workforces are more mobile. You can talk, text, share data, and even have video conferences with people from all over the world. So, is it still worthwhile for your business to physically be in NYC?

One reason given for being in certain areas is access to brains. I don’t mean that in any weird zombie way, but access to people with certain knowledge. For instance, where I live in NJ we have lots of companies in the telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries. They are here because AT&T and Johnson & Johnson were headquartered in the area so there are experienced workers in those industries.

Still, for most businesses geography is not as important as it was in the past. Will Leftist policy makers in big cities like NY continue to scare away businesses and citizens? And when people move to get away from the high cost of liberalism, will they vote any differently when they get to their new home?

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10 thoughts on “Escape From New York”

  1. Vance:
    Don’t get me wrong, New York City has a lot to offer. It also has high real estate costs, high city taxes, high state taxes, and all sorts of costly regulations.

    True dat. After one’s early to mid twenties, you do grow weary of being poor. 🙂

    Vance:
    One reason given for being in certain areas is access to brains.

    Absolutely and I’m not only referring to business associates and corporations. I’ve never met such clever, innovative and sophisticated people in my life but I’ve learned that the relationships can continue even if the geographic proximity has changed.

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  2. Let me answer your questions as a native NYer and someone who still lives in the NYC metropolitan area.

    Will Leftist policy makers in big cities like NY continue to scare away businesses and citizens?

    Yes, they will

    And when people move to get away from the high cost of liberalism, will they vote any differently when they get to their new home?

    No, they won’t. I don’t know why people can’t put together the democrat policies and the high cost of living. Most of the people I talk to don’t like how expensive everything is, but can’t seem to bring themselves to admit that it is the policies they vote for that is making everything expensive.

    To be honest it does come down to the social issues, at least for the limousine liberals. The poor folks just want free crap, but even the middle class folks who are being squeezed out of existence will still vote to keep abortion and gay marriage legal. I know Republican strategists would disagree but it’s true.

    Democrats are still cool I guess. As long as they think Republicans have cooties they will vote against their own interests.

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  3. Mate De:
    Democrats are still cool I guess. As long as they think Republicans have cooties they will vote against their own interests.

    I would like to think there is a deeper thought process but I think you are right about the “cooties” factor. I mean, a lot of those anti-abortion folks are . . . you know . . . Christians, and who wants to be lumped in with them.

    As for Dems being cool, Warren, Sanders, DeBlasio, I’m not seeing it

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  4. Vance:

    Mate De:
    Democrats are still cool I guess. As long as they think Republicans have cooties they will vote against their own interests.

    I would like to think there is a deeper thought process but I think you are right about the “cooties” factor. I mean, a lot of those anti-abortion folks are . . . you know . . . Christians, and who wants to be lumped in with them.

    As for Dems being cool, Warren, Sanders, DeBlasio, I’m not seeing it

    I don’t see it either but, Elizabeth Warren will get re elected to her senate seat in Massachusetts. Bernie will get re elected in Vermont. DeBlasio is term limited but will end up at some Democrat run thing. He’ll never have to get a real job. They may not be president, but there really are no repercussions for their bad policies.

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  5. Mate De:
    To be honest it does come down to the social issues, at least for the limousine liberals.

    The lim-libs don’t practice what they preach either. Liberals live like conventional bourgeoise but advocate bohemianism for the masses.

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  6. Hypatia:
    Wow!  But are people still moving in?

    From the article linked in the OP:

    New York leads all U.S. metro areas as the largest net loser with 277 people moving every day [emphasis added]

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  7. Mate De:
    Let me answer your questions as a native NYer and someone who still lives in the NYC metropolitan area.

    Will Leftist policy makers in big cities like NY continue to scare away businesses and citizens?

    Yes, they will

    And when people move to get away from the high cost of liberalism, will they vote any differently when they get to their new home?

    No, they won’t. I don’t know why people can’t put together the democrat policies and the high cost of living. Most of the people I talk to don’t like how expensive everything is, but can’t seem to bring themselves to admit that it is the policies they vote for that is making everything expensive.

    To be honest it does come down to the social issues, at least for the limousine liberals. The poor folks just want free crap, but even the middle class folks who are being squeezed out of existence will still vote to keep abortion and gay marriage legal. I know Republican strategists would disagree but it’s true.

    Democrats are still cool I guess. As long as they think Republicans have cooties they will vote against their own interests.

    My neighbor in South Carolina moved back to Chicago and he added a zero on to his taxes . From 1500 to 15,000 and less services. Yes they were liberal. Go figure.

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  8. PhCheese:
    My neighbor in South Carolina moved back to Chicago and he added a zero on to his taxes . From 1500 to 15,000 and less services. Yes they were liberal. Go figure.

    Good for South Carolina.

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  9. Mate De:
    I don’t see it either but, Elizabeth Warren will get re elected to her senate seat in Massachusetts.

    I’m worried about her now. I’ve been watching the debates and she is no Hillary. She’s fairly personable, extremely articulate, avoids the “hate” game, shows a remarkable level of fitness and energy and focuses upon the issues in a very specific way.

    I think we’re in trouble if she gets the primary nomination.

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