My name is Pratik Mhatre. I have a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science program from Texas A&M University, College Station. Through this blog, I hope to engage in discussion on trends in urban planning and design. I will also pen down my personal thoughts and opinions.
Why have people stopped moving? The reason, economists believe, is that while there are good wages in economically vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco, housing prices are so high that they outweigh any gains people stand to make in earnings. As a result, high-income cities are still appealing to many workers, but only highly skilled workers who can command salaries high enough to make it worthwhile to move. Low-income workers will end up spending much of their incomes on housing if they move, and so stay put.
Currently I’m geeking out on Grand Designs on Netflix. It evokes latent feelings of getting your hands dirty, sometimes literally, on designing your own space. As the synopsis suggests, “Host Kevin McCloud presents people who take self-building houses to a new level, following every step of their ambitious plans from beginning to end.” I may be late to the Grand Designs party and am partly disappointed that there are only two seasons on Netflix, I’m savoring every episode. I’m beginning to appreciate the United Kingdom countryside that’s reminiscent of Enid Blyton books from my childhood.
As any architect or even urban planner knows, the outcome is the easiest part but at the same time, the process is just as joyful and in fact more interesting. Check it out if you haven’t already.