Cities have become dumping grounds for globally begotten problems. The residents of cities and their elected representatives tend to be confronted with a task they can by no stretch of imagination fulfill: the task of finding local solutions to global contradictions.
Local politics – and particularly urban, politics – has become hopelessly overloaded – much beyond its carrying/performing capacity. It is now expected to mitigate the consequences of out-of-control globalization with means and resources that self-same giobahzation rendered pitifully inadequate.Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Love
This is what Zygmunt Bauman wrote about New York (and other large cities by analogy) in 2003.
On the same page, he says that the exterritorial globe-trotting elites will suffer the consequences of this, too, when this out-of-control globalization becomes too hard for them to manage.