The Escape From Major Cities
"New York Is Never Coming Back"
IS NOT A GLENN BECK OP-ED.
He reads from a pod-cast by
Of course, Altucher (left video) is not alone in his assessment of NYC.
Alux.com, “The place where future billionaires come to get inspired,”
(right video) has also come up with their 15 Reasons.
Are they right? Is NYC doomed? Will it come back?
Who knows? Who cares?
The only of persons of import are you, your family, and your employees
if your career/business and their work/gig is not transportable!
Can you push this button? Do you care to? Is it worth exploring? If so, PUSH IT !
"For a World-Class City, New York Is Shockingly Dirty.
Why Can’t Anyone Clean It Up?"
Below is a "courtesy" search for cities' concerns over post-election violence.
This is just one more reason people are questioning their lives in cities.
Daily... Today... people are fleeing major cities more for the reasons of safety, security, and a better way of life than for the concern of Covid-19
You Will Not Be The First
Since the Gilded Age of the late 1800s - early 1900s, people of discerning taste have flocked to The Berkshires.
Back in 2002, The Discerning Traveler noted this fact PLUS that as of the publication, the migrations were still
happening. In truth, the pace has increased since that time. Magnificent properties have been built and resold.
Today, due to their concerns for Covid-19, increasing urban crime, and the obviated need to report to an office,
city-dwellers are flooding The Berkshires, thus pumping the real estate market's pulse for primary residences,
safety-valve/weekend escape homes, or lifestyle properties that accommodate a renewal of spirit or retirement.
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The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Champagne flutes reflect the wandering rays of the setting sun and candles flicker in silver candelabras.
Baskets filled with croissants and dewy, freshly washed grapes sit on crisp white tablecloths next to platters
of pate' and prosciutto and melon. Music lovers congregate comfortably on the great lawn of Tanglewood
as they wait patiently for another splendid evening of picnicking and Prokofiev.
For more than 85 years, the Boston Symphony has made Tanglewood its summer home and has turned
the Berkshire region into one of the great cultural destinations in the country. Today some 50 different
organizations offer summer or year-round music, dance, theater, film, and art exhibits.
In the 1850s such writers as Hawthorne and Melville came to these venerable hills to write in peace and solitude.
The popularity of the Berkshires as a vacation destination was tied to the nineteenth-century extension of the railroad
from Boston, up the hills through the famous 4.75-mile Hoosac Tunnel (the longest bore in the world in 1875)
through the Berkshires and on to Albany and points west.
The Gilded Age arrived in the Berkshires after a direct rail line was built from New York City to Pittsfield.
Wealthy industrialists built more than seventy sprawling "cottages" between Lenox and Stockbridge making
the area a landlocked Newport.
At the same time, the world's first commercial electric system was built along the main street of Great Barrington.
This enticed the General Electric Company to set up factories in Pittsfield and was one time the major employer in the region.
Paper mills pioneered the manufacture of wood pulp newsprint. Textile mills used the wool from sheep that grazed the hillsides.
All of this development had a price: before the turn of the I century, railroad construction crews chewed up trees by the thousands
to make ties, and paper companies had deforested the hillsides for pulpwood. The forests were gone, the rivers were polluted.
Today with the decline of heavy industry in the region 75 percent of the land is again forested with more than 100,000 acres
set aside as state forests and natural preserves. The Appalachian Trail winds for eighty-six miles through the Berkshires.
Wild turkey, beaver, black bear and even moose (one was spotted in Lenox) are once again part of the animal population in the county.
More than a century after Hawthorne and Melville left the dirty, crowded costly cities of the 1850s for the Berkshires,
new urban settlers are coming to the region to escape the cities. They are coming by the thousands for the cultural offerings and even to stay at some of the sprawling nineteenth-century "cottages" that have been restored and converted into deluxe inns and health spas.
Today... Publishers, investment advisors, designers, commodities traders, and other professionals equipped with personal computers, overnight mail, fax, and access to the Internet are conducting their business from these pristine hills.