Bbbbut....what about global warming?....climate change?....California wildfires?....melting icecaps?....polar bears?.....Oh my stars!Every year, tens of millons of people are moving from subsistence huts to the middle class (for the first time in their families' lineage) in India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria, etc. The coming international tourism explosion will be won by the cities that have world-reknown history AND the capacity to receive these newly minted discretionary spenders.
Boston has some forward thinking planners who can see the multi-decade tsunami that is gathering. If it is difficult for xenophobes in Boston today, just wait 5 years........it will be amazing. Boston is about to become a far more international city than it is now.
The Paris thingy is obviously taking the wrong approach to mitigating climate change. It needs to be re-written tout suite to promote the benefits of subsistence hut living and declare tourism a capital offense.
As for Boston, it must take immediate action so it doesn't become an international city with a bigger negative impact on the climate than it already has now. One promising approach would be to exile all the forward thinking planners to Siberia and transfer their functions to the xenophobes and NIMBYs...in just 5 years Boston will be a provincial backwater resembling Plimoth Plantation and the enormous environmental damage produced by internationalization will have been averted.