2008 The New Capital
posted by November 10 at 12:09 PMon
Something I wrote six years ago:
There was a time when a city could be the capital of a century, the way Paris was the capital of the 19th century. In the 20th century, particularly the second half, cities could only be the capital of a decade—for example, Washington, D.C. was the capital of the ’60s, or Los Angeles was the capital of the ’80s. The ’90s, however, had two capitals: Seattle and New York City.
As with century capitals, decade capitals have clear conclusions. Washington, D.C., came to an end with Watergate; L.A. ended with the Rodney King riots; Seattle ended with WTO; and New York ended with WTC. Now the question is this: What is the capital of this decade?
Apart from the irony of Obama resembling McCainís putative President-hero [Teddy Roosevelt], there will be a lot of practical results from Obamaís Chicago connections. Beyond upping the odds that Chicago will land the 2016 Olympics, I can also assure you that Hyde Park-Kenwood (Obamaís home neighborhood) has just become the safest urban neighborhood in America, despite its high crime statsHe knows that he lives at the center of the new world.
One other point: The dominance of The Windy City over the next decade also marks the end of capital-sharing arrangements and the return of the one.
But, wait, is there something we are missing? Chicago is really the capital of the next decade; Seattle and New York were the capitals of the 90s. What about the OOs? Was it just a vacuum? No. Something was there. Between the end of the Sea/NY stage and the start (November 4th) of the current one there’s nothing but the capital of the 10th century, Baghdad. It returned as a zombie capital, a negative capital, the capital of an upside down world, the capital of the Bush years.
Baghdad is the capital of the OOs.