Aaron Renn asks (knowing, of course, that city government - especially large city government - is more-or-less a conservative-free zone):
Political conservatism is all but extinct in cities, but the conservative impulse is alive and well. That is, a desire to prevent change in the name of preserving something that people find of value is still a powerful motivating force.I've a feeling - and I see this in my own city of Bradford - that the governments of cities are stuck in an old economy model and with the idea that what's here now needs to be preserved at all costs.
Historic preservation is an example of the conservative impulse.
NIMBYism is an example of the conservative impulse.
Anti-gentrification advocacy is an example of the conservative impulse.
In fact, it strikes me that cities are more conservative now than they were in the past. Previous generations were much more willing to engage in massive, radical projects of change than today’s residents and leaders. Not all of those previous projects were good to be sure, but many of them are what created the very cities as they exist today.
I also feel they're wrong and Will Alsop was right.