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Via Tyler Cowen, a bizarre rant about why New York will never have a real tech culture.  Bizarre not because he's necessarily wrong--the status hierarchy, and the expense, of New York do not encourage it. 

But still, his description of the place makes me wonder where the hell he was living.  I managed to find a studio for less than $2500 in Manhattan; was surrounded by foodies who cooked, thought, and talked about food all the time; had ample access to cafes; never met anyone who particularly worried about getting their wedding announcements in the Times; and never encountered this allegedly fierce prejudice against the Lower East Side.

Now, of course, one could argue that being a native New Yorker, I experienced a different city than he did.  Just so.  But being a native New Yorker, I never imagined that my city was The City.  There are thousands of different New Yorks--millions, maybe.  It doesn't sound like tech would be particularly welcome in the New York this guy experienced.  On the other hand, it also doesn't sound like he made much of an effort to experience much of New York.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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