Saturday, September 23, 2017

The "It" City

I was reading the Nashville Business Journal with a link to the below article.  One of Nashville's "claims" is that 85 people a day move here.  This number is unsubstantiated but they point to the population increases over the last few years into the "metropolitan" area.  What that means is that any of the larger suburban areas in and outside Davidson County where Nashville is the largest city is located and those towns that are adjacent in separate counties all within a hours drive of Nashville.  In fact this has lead to two suburbs, Mt. Juliet (home to my favorite nutfuck Mae Beavers) and Murfreesboro to take an interim census in order to determine real numbers and to adjust and plan infrastructure demands that new migration numbers support.  This includes Schools, roads, mass transit (which the "richest" county, Williamson has said they are 4-5 years away from including themselves in Nashville's N-motion plan to interconnect the residential and commercial cores), waste water and other municipal run programs and services.  Nashville just flies by the seat of their lies.

***The crime is surreal here and the amount of traffic and pedestrian deaths speak of a much larger problem in the area and blaming outsiders is part of the bullshit here when in reality per capita it was always a problem and those who come here find themselves mystified and frustrated by a City clearly at odds at how to fix the situation.  A good example is after months of public hearings and meetings a sudden new group appeared to protest transit, the same with the Ft. Negley/Greer Park plan. Then out come the marginalized people as if they never heard of it and demand to be heard and in turn stops any progress.  The YMCA wanted to shutter a location that has little to no use and the City was willing to take it over as a Community site and administered by the Y. Well suddenly the neighbors protested and that has ended.  It will likely close in a year and there be no facility but that is not the issue, the issue is that anytime you try to change anything here regardless of the larger picture that will benefit the poor and largely the Black community, they suddenly rally are active and in turn are further ignored as it then stops all progress in its tracks as to avoid further racist charges.  The South has never reconciled their relationship with racism and they never will. And if you wonder why the sudden rise of White Supremacy it is because once the race card is thrown down and in turn resentment and long standing differences are brought to the forefront and no one knows what to do to fix a situation that is beyond the skill set of those involved.  I have said Education but in turn that means jobs and incomes that are equal to their white equivalent.  And that my friends will NEVER happen nor to any member of a marginalized group so instead we do what we do, go to our respective corners and fight for our group alone and the rest go fuck themselves. •••

As I have said repeatedly Vanderbilt is the areas largest employer and that is a private University and even larger private Medical complex that is no longer a part of the University but is under its umbrella.  The largest percentage of employers are however in the hospitality trade and in turn the lowest paying jobs in the region.  Despite the presence of both Bridgestone and Nissan they are four and five respectively with employment numbers.

But is important to note  we are right to work state with low minimum wages and attempts to raise it in the city of Nashville was blocked by State Legislatures and even when Volkswagon wanted to unionize it was Senator Bob Corker, the former Mayor of Chattanooga, who was virulently against this despite the companies pro union attitude.  And why was this? Corker feared that union organization and in turn the wages that said organization would bring could hurt overall growth in the State to attract businesses drawn by low wage workforce.  The same State desperate to raise Education levels to draw a more broader based tax base and in turn higher income related jobs that would build said tax base. So which is it? Dumb fucks you pay shit for wages or smart people who will be compensated as a result and can read and kick the current policy makers to the curb?  I go with the former.  The actual largest employer in Tennessee?  The Government.

A current councilman is already doing his darndest to examine some of the many incentives that are given to corporations to reduce taxes and in turn relocate or build satellite facilities to generate job growth.  The most salient example he used was the millions given to Dell Computers a decade ago for ostensibly 3000 jobs and now have only managed 1500, half of the promised number.   Again those numbers include Construction, Facility Management and assorted other jobs that are part of the function of creating the business and does not always mean the actual numbers hired by the company directly.  Amazon is notorious for this as they "outsource" many jobs and in turn hire seasonally and when they give the jobs number it includes all those when in reality they are not part of the overall company's employment base.  And by the way Amazon is given massive tax breaks to hire seasonal workers who are of a "certain age" and this is now the subject of a book, by Jessica Bruder, which I wrote about when I first read her amazing Harpers Article.  Irony, buy her book at Barnes & Noble (honestly did you think I would link Amazon?)

So when cities declare themselves the new it city I laugh as right now that is Sioux Falls, North Dakota.  Okay then.  But I also want to point out one notable emission - facts on wages and costs of housing. They are disparately at opposite ends of the spectrum with wages averaging 45K annually and housing costs that require 4 times that (you do the math).

So lists and proclamations are largely the result of a great Chamber of Commerce, aggressive crazy politics by Republican Governments that do this all on the back of the residents.  And we have seen that same mismanagement in Oklahoma, Louisiana and now Wisconsin with their fake Foxconn agreement.

Nashville is charming, to visit. I live here and have to go out of my way to ensure I find things to keep my sanity in a place where few are educated, resentment is high and this is the Bible Belt. So when I see the actual statistical data on who is relocating here it makes sense as I rarely meet true blue state residents coming here. And why would they?

Where Are All the New Residents of Nashville Moving From?

Nashville’s nickname might be “Music City, USA,” but education, government and manufacturing dominate the area’s list of top employers.
In fact, the biggest employer in the Nashville metro area is Vanderbilt University, and the fifth-largest employer is carmaker Nissan. So, as the metro area’s population grew by more than 36,000 people between 2015 and 2016 (according to the latest census figures), not every new resident was pursuing the dream of music stardom.
We can’t say exactly where all those new people are working, but we can give you an idea of where they’re coming from. First, though, a little more context. From 2015 to 2016, the Nashville metro area’s population went from 1,828,961 people to 1,865,298, a growth rate of 2 percent.
Davidson County, where the city of Nashville is located, grew less so at .9 percent from 2015 to 2016, with a total of 684,410 residents. The metro area encompasses surrounding cities that aren’t in Davidson County, so its population is bigger than the county’s.
While some of the growth can be attributed to birth rates and immigration, the big chunk of new residents are movers from within Tennessee and across the U.S.
Enough context. Where are all those people coming from?
Another census study, conducted over five years from 2011-2015, gives us a pretty good answer. Davidson County attracted 46,298 domestic movers during those five years, and the majority, 58 percent, came from out of the state, while the other 42 percent came from within Tennessee.

Let’s get specific. Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to Davidson County:
Movers outside of Tennessee:
  1. Cook County, IL (Chicago)
  2. Los Angeles County, CA
  3. Fulton County, GA (Atlanta)
  4. Harris County, TX (Houston)
  5. DeKalb County, GA (Decatur and Atlanta)
Movers from Tennessee:
  1. Williamson County
  2. Rutherford County
  3. Sumner County
  4. Wilson County
  5. Shelby County
Above are the top places inside Tennessee that people moved to Davidson County from over the five-year period 2011-2015. Numbers represent the number of movers from that place during the period.
Sources: The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

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