Thursday, May 29, 2008

Paul Graham: what your city tells you

Paul Graham's got a new essay posted. It's worth reading, if you haven't already. He says that cities tend to send a message to their inhabitants. Or, several signals, but one tends to dominate. Just living in a city, you pick up a vibe on lots of levels that tells you what's important in a particular place, and it's easier or harder living in a place, based on how well your values match the things a city values. The message of New York City: you could be richer. The message of Cambridge, Mass: you could be smarter. Silicon Valley: you could be more influential. Los Angeles: you could be more popular.

It's making me wonder, what message does Indy whisper in our ears? I'll start listening, and I'll let you know if I come up with anything interesting....

1 comment:

Ted said...

I think Indy might say "sophistication is bad" and maybe "you spend too much time outdoors". Carmel might say "your house isn't big enough, and your appliances are too old".