To the extent that it’s an American novel of its time, I think it’s necessarily a novel of political paranoia. Cyberpunk’s got it right. In Neuromancer—although it’s never dated in the book, I always assumed it was happening around 2035—you glimpse the United States, and it’s not that great a place. There doesn’t seem to be any middle class. There’s nothing between these post-human superrich people and the Street, with a capital S. Nobody’s ever more than one door away from the Street. It’s quite grim and maybe it’s become a kind of cliché, but on the other hand, it’s exactly like Mexico City. It’s really similar to a lot of the Third World. And so I think that the cyberpunk future, if you want to generalize it, is a future in which globalization really does work both ways, and everybody—unless they’re very, very, very rich—winds up getting to be part of the Third WorldI even find a similar position echoed by Colleen Kane, author and former editor of Playgirl magazine. In an interview published online at the gothamist, she talks about this in New York.
Given the opportunity, how would you change New York?If Colleen Kane can get it, it should be easy for the rest of us.
I resent that New York has become a playground for the super-rich. Not only to the typical extent of the rich having the biggest apartments and all that usual claptrap, but the rich are changing the skyline of the neighborhoods where they previously did not want to be, with these luxury condos that stand out like sore, rich jerkface thumbs. It seems like the regular slobs now have a harder time making it than usual, because the real-estate market is getting more and more out of hand, and the local arts community is suffering as a result. Just look at the recent closures of Tonic, Sin-e, Collective: Unconscious, etc. So what I would change is, POP! I’d burst that pesky real estate bubble. The meek shall inherit a loft in a desirable area for reasonable rent! I would also like to reroute all the traffic that will come to the planned Nets arena in Brooklyn to park on Bruce Ratner’s personal grounds.
Most probably have a negative image of Tijuana, unless you are a male college student planning a holiday. However, Donald Trump has another image.
We need to be far more critical of those mega project which promise so much for our communities. Along with the required EIR's, there should possibly be an SIR. A Societal Impact Report. Greens support communities and communities support the people who live there and not just in economic terms. These mega-projects destroy communities and hasten the globalization of third world life that Gibson predicts. It may even be worth while to explore the collection of posts entitled Picketing Henry Ford. The author, Stuart Schrader uses the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn to work through some of the implications of destruction.
...the seductive architecture of Frank Gehry, who was enlisted for insidious purposes, comprises an impostrous culture, neither Jackie Robinson and spaldeens nor Walt Whitman and Biggie, but something wholly alien to us, except in its familiar, captious stench, of hot dollar bills pressed into an alligator-skin billfold tucked into the pocket of chinos sat on all day by a rich man—the arguments that Forest City Ratner, enabled by government largesse, cares about the community, well, they’re simply fallacious.The may be no better place to work out the best solutions for livable communities than in the Coyote Valley, a "new town" approach to growing San Jose. So far, the environmental critique of the project has been strong enough to require major revisions to the EIR. I encourage a community critique of similar stature.