Ma on American v. Chinese economics:
But I think it’s hardly free-market here. It’s market driven, but driven by only a few. That almost has no difference from a top down political system, whatever you call it. It could be Communism, Socialism, It’s not too much different. Of course the top down, authoritarian or totalitarian, political system is not perfect for the market economy either, but, what I am saying is, not perfect or not good for free-market, but it’s still a market. So the problems are similar and the difficulties are similar as well. But China still has, I hope, a chance to modify it, to improve it, where the U.S. is more difficult to improve.
Ma on American mobility:
Here you just have an open horizon, if you don’t like it you can just move away and find a new spot.
Sure. Ma on Angeleno mobility:
But, I will live in Pasadena, I love to be able to go to the Westside all the time. But I don’t think that freedom is healthy.
Ma on different kinds of urban solutions:
The other thing that I have been constantly thinking about is what I call ‘urban swap’, where we borrow a problem from Paris and inject it into Los Angeles based on the hypothesis that a bacteria in one biological body could be a vaccine in the other body. Which means that cities start to trade problems, not treasures. Because poison can be extremely good.
Ma on immigration as solution:
So I would do experiments. Los Angeles has a lot of areas that are really unoccupied. If you would just introduce Asians, have them come in, give them a limited time permit, have them live there, you would enliven it. I’m sure.
Ma on revitalization through immigration:
We can start to create reversed colonies in areas here that are not so desirable and start to invite immigrants, in an organized way, not illegal, but a temporary concession. I would introduce the concession ideas of Shanghai to L.A.
This is the Dean of USC, not of Sci-Arc. As they say at the political blogs, read the whole thing.