City Journal: Joel Kotkin remembers Richard Riordan. An excerpt:
Of course, Riordan could not fix everything about Los Angeles, but the city’s trajectory remained positive under his stewardship. Today’s Los Angeles, where Republicans are essentially extinct and socialists are the rising political force, suffers from a declining population, high unemployment, and ongoing corporate flight, with the loss of over 80 headquarters just between 2018 and 2021. Over the past quarter-century, L.A. County has lost 500,000 manufacturing jobs. These positions generally paid better than current jobs, which are highly concentrated in social services and hospitality.
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