“Two separate realities” for Spokane?

The following is from a political story about California politics. But this quote stood out as similar to what I see happening in Spokane:

The result is two separate California realities: a lucrative one for the wealthy and for government workers, who are largely insulated from economic decline; and a grim one for the private-sector middle and working classes, who are fleeing the state.

via The Golden State’s War on Itself by Joel Kotkin, City Journal Summer 2010.

In Spokane, it is the government and the health care class that has come to dominate.

Another interesting quote suggests Spokane could end up looking like California:

Robert Eyler, chair of the economics department at Sonoma State University, points out that wealthy aging yuppies in Sonoma County have little interest in reviving growth in the local economy, where office vacancy rates are close to those in Detroit.

Two decades of economic studies show that Spokane has a mostly “no go” economy. Is it because much of the money in Spokane is old money that wants to preserve what it has? I have no idea but the thought was suggested by a friend.

The article is about California politics which I do not pretend to understand (nor any politics for that matter). But there are interesting thoughts buried within the linked article.




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