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Saturday, February 23, 2021

We already knew that the hedge fund concentration in Connecticut has been luring a large number of NYC residents commute out of the city on a daily basis. But now, it looks like other outlying areas are getting into the act in a big way: A combination of the suburbs’ low unemployment rates and inadequate housing/infrastructure has led to recruitment of city dwellers who endure hours-long reverse commutes via subway and train.

What amuses me most about this article is the underlying tone that these workers are living in a Bizarro World. It’s like the average New Yorkers can’t comprehend why someone would live in the City and then go to Nassau or Suffolk counties to work. It’s not like other parts of the country don’t see this same sort of long-range commuting, albeit by car. But somehow, New York is supposed to be more self-contained, with just suburbanites trekking into the five boroughs for some action.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/23/2008 04:22:10 PM
Category: Business, Society, New Yorkin'
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  1. Indeed. A recent survey of residents of downtown Oklahoma City indicated that the vast majority of them weren’t there because they wanted to be near work; they were there because they wanted to be Where The Action Is. And most of them, in fact, commuted to elsewhere in the city, or to the ‘burbs, for work.

    Comment by CGHill — 02/24/2008 @ 12:34:22 PM

  2. Minus a year out in the rural west, I’ve lived in two cities for most of my working life and I’ve never had a job inside the city. When people think of suburbs they often think of people spending 90 minutes in a car getting into and out of town each day, but suburbs are job centers as well.

    Comment by trumwill — 03/04/2021 @ 09:59:29 PM

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