Paris is humming
As we walk and walk and walk and walk particularly at night from the 11th to the 6th, you can feel the streets of Paris just humming. It wasn’t like that 5 years ago. The city feels more vibrant today than ever. It is the youth. There are new restaurants, new stores, new start-ups, neighborhoods being transformed and it feels really good.
Cities are constantly changing. NYC always hums but these days when you walk by vacant storefront after storefront, it is depressing. I wonder what is needed to transform the city back to a place where there is more innovation at the street level?
As I strolled the streets, I thought about how I am not a fan of the conservative mindset. I am a fan of people who are forward thinkers, people who take risks, people who embrace change and evolution. Perhaps that is where the United States is as a country right now. The conservative mindset actually likes the Trumponian politics. They are selfish vs giving. They are happy shutting down the borders and dismissing our allies, and of course, paying fewer taxes. It is not about being selfless.
I believe what goes around comes around. The effects of these arrogant self-serving policies will come back to bite us all in the ass. It is unfortunate and perhaps fortunate that politics run in cycles. Being in Paris and feeling the hum of the streets makes me long for forward thinking in our Government that creates opportunity at the ground level. We are not getting that right now from any party which means that eventually, the ground will shift to somewhere else and when that happens, there will be a huge mess and havoc before we get to the next place where there is solid ground.