Last week, a panel in Los Angeles released a report
describing that city as "in decline."
LA, home of the Golden Globes and world headquarters of the glamorous entertainment industry, isn't alone among cities that seem to be doing well in many ways, while hiding numerous systemic problems. Like the neighbors who present a happy front to the community while struggling to maintain their relationship at home, these cities aren't typically among those listed when topics of urban trouble are raised.
Citing traffic woes, economic problems, and a deficit of leadership, the report on LA laid out a poor prognosis for the city of angels unless action is taken to reverse negative patterns: "The city where the future once came to happen has been living in the past and leaving tomorrow to sort itself out."
Here's how the report was presented in one news item:
Bottom line: Appearances can be deceiving. In the following slideshow, we present five cities that seem to be doing just fine -- until you start scratching the surface. The issues they share with other municipalities threaten to grow to unmanageable proportions. Hopefully, these problems will fall back to normal levels given proper attention. Still, it's worth keeping an eye on progress -- or the lack of it -- if only to help other cities avoid pitfalls.
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Singapore has so much going for it that it's tough to believe it's not headed for ongoing greatness. But at least one economist warns that an unbalanced credit situation, a property bubble, too much construction, and excessive real estate speculation have put this city-state in danger of a major financial meltdown.
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— Mary Jander, Managing Editor, UBM's Future Cities