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A Tech Place?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration hopes to make New York City a home for the technology sector by expanding science education in the city. In a The New York Times column, Ginia Bellafante looks into how other tech hubs arose across the US, and wonders whether it can happen in New York. One urban planner tells Bellafante that many areas "have tried for decades to replicate the Silicon Valley experience, without success," though an economist adds that New York has "a model anyone would follow." Bellafante says "it is the city's goal to create a whole population of engineers, men and women whose skills could serve all manner of industries."

However, Bellafante says a friend of hers — a native New Yorker — told her "New York just doesn't feel like an engineering town." To that, Bellafante adds, "I wanted to disagree, but in truth, I couldn't."

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