There are some stories that you just don't know how to respond to.
Consider today's news about plummeting real estate prices in Manhattan. On the one hand -- housing more affordable. Can't be bad.
On the other, you know this translates into lost tax revenue for the city, fewer construction jobs and fewer purchases made by residents who see their major lifetime investment is now worth maybe 25 percent less than they had imagined.
And of course, if you are that homeowner -- or worse, a new investor who just bought your place at the top of the market -- this is the worse news of the weekend. You desperately scan the web looking for a story about a typhoon or the Iranian crackdown or the New York state senate to cheer yourself up.
But still, cheaper apartments mean more college graduates will be able to come here and search for that New York dream. More people will be able to stay in the city when they begin to raise families.
Except where are those kids going to get jobs? And where are we going to find classroom space for more children? Manhattan's public schools are already overcrowded and right now, we don't even have a functioning city school system. Thanks to the state senate. Shouldn't have read that story. Just typhoon news for the rest of the holiday weekend.
And while we're at it, the bottom line on the good news part of the story involves the possibility that with careful shopping, a family might be able to snatch a two-bedroom apartment downtown for less than $1.5 million.
Pardon me while I break out the champagne.
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