February 13th, 2021 @ 12:02 am
if you’re not new around here, you know how much i LOATHE domestic transplants that move to my city… the city and borough i came flying out of the womb in, the streets and public schools that raised me, well, i have a lot of pride for all it. i’m annoyingly, possessively protective of her and i know i am obnoxious, and i’m not sorry for it, but i digress. the reason i came here to bitch about domestic transplants today just kind of ties into why i’m here.
two days ago, i came across this article. now, as a native new yorker, i like to think of my insides as an immunity tank. in fact, i usually tip my hat to the city when bringing up my strong immune system. commuting for so many years on the mta and eating processed food for most of my life must have really keith richards’d my insides (nope, taco bell has never and still doesn’t make me instashit). i’m rarely sick, and while that’s great and all, i read articles like that about NYC pollution and i’m just like “fuck, that’s bad/gross” and it snowballs my thoughts from “this city is filthy” (honestly the first thing i said to myself exploring chicago was “holy shit, it’s like being in manhattan but it’s not dirty!”) to “idiots really come here to deal with the disgusting mta and pay high ass rents, just to feel like real new yorkers”.
WWWWOOOWWWWWWW… YOU PROB STRUGGLED LIKE A COLLEGE PERSON, W A ROOMMATE OR TWO IN YOUR LATE 20S AND MAYBE EVEN INTO YOUR 30S AND MANAGED TO SURVIVE SOMEHOW… i guess that feeling of non-rural accomplishment really does a number on people’s dopamine. congrats, you cornballs.
this thought just always brings me back to “why the fuck do they come here, like, really? and why aren’t there more cities like NYC in this country so we can get a break?” there is so much land in this country, why tf are we not building a few more major cities? why aren’t we building something like THIS (we have finally made it to the inspiration of this article) someplace in the middle of spacious, rural states? this seems like what people dream nyc or parts of nyc to eventually become, and it will probably never be – i don’t think it physically can be.
this city is probably unfixable as a whole… everything is basically already setup with no room to grow. we’re literally living on small islands. p.s. – robert moses (the racist shitface) laid out all of the highways like a goon, there are WAY too many vehicles in this city, no one knows how to merge when driving the surplus of said vehicles on the said highways (pissing everyone off as a whole, and adding commute time to our days bc satan forbid there were HOV or bus lanes going into manhattan), there are cemeteries in the middle of boroughs taking up so much space, the MTA can’t be redone and has so many dead zones in the middle of boroughs, LIC built itself up too much and views of the city are being blocked, bike lanes? yeah okay, sorry, no space for them without pissing off drivers, rents aren’t really going down even with this fuckin pandemic happening, and the only solution? BUILD “AFFORDABLE” HOUSING aka ugly/tiny unit buildings with bedrooms the size of king sized beds (y’all are really okay with that?) that we don’t even have room for in this fucking city, etc…
having a town/city like myTengah would be better for the environment overall. why hasn’t anyone tried to do this in the US? what are urban planners doing in this country? i’m so confused and annoyed. NYC should be this, and now it can’t be. the more people that move here, the less wiggle room there is to even implement things like that. now i understand people come from all over the world to live here, but as i’ve said in the past, i have more respect for people fleeing their countries for good reasons than goons from iowa, that just want to wear paisley and buffalo plaid clothing at the same time, while wearing sunglasses at night and beige yeezy’s just to say they can “finally be themselves”. bruh, go do that shit in iowa.
omg, just give this city a decade or three to fix itself. maybe i missed my calling trying to be an urban planner… i didn’t think this was too shabby of an idea, maybe someone should listen to the people.