The Velvet Rope Economy [E–book/E–pub]

You this is for public school systems don t forget that the rich have a large system of private schools that provide superior teachers class sizes and facilities Schwartz takes a much needed look at the world of shopping and malls While many middle class department stores like Sears Penneys and Macy s are struggling malls that cater to the rich ARE DOING UITE WELL AS ARE DOLLAR STORES WITH doing uite well as are dollar stores With decline of malls comes a decline in social capital and community feel as shoppers mingle less and less Dollar stores are a big threat in smaller communities because their cheap prices undercut those of local grocery stores With because their cheap prices undercut those of local grocery stores With main problem being that all food at dollar stores is packaged and processed no fresh produce or meat Dollar stores have half the mployees as grocery stores and give very little back to the communities in which they operate He also takes a look at the restaurant industry and how moderately priced chains like Ruby Tuesday have suffered since the great recession of 2008 when their customers switched down to fast food Moderate chains like IHOP Cracker Barrel Applebees are all hurting while higher priced restaurants like Ruths Chris Steakhouse is thriving We are headed towards a world where McDonalds and Five Star reservation only restaurants are the only options The book details something I d never heard of called the pretrial diversion program where justice is basically for sale For those who can afford to pay trials are called off and remedies are assessed such as community service or classes Much has been written about the unfairness of our legal system and the velvet rope Vermeer to Eternity economy runs through jails as well Unless you are luckynough to be in the 1% this book is a depressing read We all know the rich get special treatment but this book shows how coddled they truly are If you are one of the lucky few you get the best doctors schools neighborhoods stores and vacation spots where Heaven to Betsy everybody caters to you and never tells you anything bad You can get private fire protection for your mountain home private airplanes and helicopters to avoid traffic and TSA screeningsxclusive seats for music and sporting So B. It events where there are no lines for anything and fornough money you can hobnob with celebrities and politicians My God no wonder these people become so out of touch with reality This kind of imbalance often doesn t Cabaret end well only a major depression or revolution shakes up a system like this Certainly the 1% will never voluntarily give up their privileged status Luckily the final chapter tries to go into the few areas where there is still resistance to the velvet ropeconomy Schwartz highlights Southwest Airlines where all passengers are treated roughly the same He heaps praise on the Green Bay Packers a football team in a small market that has resisted the mania for xpensive suites that sap the fun out of games and fans There are some hopeful spots the author points out but the trend definitely seems to be headed the other way This book is a good step towards recognizing what we re losing when the public space is being privatized for profit with the wealthiest 1% being the primary beneficiary Capitalism xists with the consent of the people doing the buying selling and creating If people took time to think about what we re willing to give up by letting the velvet rope divide us perhaps there would be fewer ropes and community Only when the 99% can see hope that their world is getting better does having a velvet rope make sense When things are falling apart like they are today visions of rope make sense When things are falling apart like they are today visions of Trump and Marie Antoinette show a lite on a precarious perch covered ineuality in the spaces of theme parks sports travel healthcare ducation retail malls grocery stores and restaurantsmade me realise that T shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged And as decision makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction free side of the velvet rope they are less inclined to change or Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice even notice the obstaclesveryone lse must contend with Schwartz's must read book takes us on a behind the scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society.

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The Velvet Rope Economy shows how the ultra wealthy can pay their way past all the inconveniences in their lives and turn The Bookshop on the Shore everyxperience into a luxur Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for advance copy of this book in Dance Real Slow exchange for my honest review I d thought I d start a non fiction book so I wasn t up too late Thisnded up keeping me up It reads smoothly transitioning and segueing into different areas without ffort I won t say this book didn t trouble mea lot Just this morning we were discussing How Disney Has Now Disney has now into this And They Are Offering VIP Seating For The Parades Plaid they are offering VIP seating for the parades plaid treatment for a price tc The book delves into how this came about and how it creeps into areas we wouldn t xpect such as medical care I ll be thinking about this book for some time to come Highly recommended This is an illuminating book about the hidden lives of the Super rich There s money to be made to provide velvet rope service to them 1 Envy special restaurants cruise within a cruise decks for people who are willing to pay a lot for special services Interestingly people in the second class cabins can be inspired to want to pay next time 2 Exclusivity special suites in stadiums including tunnels where players must pass through at the best location with gourmet food and bar no hotdogs Problem when teams lose nobody goes to those boxes and the stadium can look mpty Special access for music festivals 3 Ease frictionless private airports lounges limousine transfer from home to lounge and from lounge to plane Fast pass for universal studios VIP tours for Disney 4 Access Consierge medical service that helps clients jump ueues to see top Doctors and find the right clinical trials for clients who have out of usual treatment options Access to Ivy League with a huge donation or coaching classes staffed by people who to work in Admission office themselves 5 Security private fire fighters who only put off fires in your property regular consultation to reduce risk of fire Outside the velvet ropeExclusion Division isolation closing of rural Hospitals grocery stores malls Poor and ven middle class kids not able to join school sports Anyway the best coaches are all in private sports clubs now Public schools with lots of donations vs others without Cuts after cuts for public services when the rich get their own private ones Solution EgalitarianismSouthwest Airlines without different classes Green Bay Packers stadium Brandon Dunes Golf courses Treat veryone the same and leave some money on the table Of course consumers need to support these firms as well for this to work There has always been an upper class in America It s unavoidable in any large industrialized nation In my youth we had private country clubs and resorts but now things have gotten much stratified Income ineuality has risen in the past 50 years and those at the top have many resources at their disposal Businesses have seen where the growth is and found lucrative and innovative new ways to cater to the super rich The problem as detailed in this ye opening book by Nelson Schwartz is that the rich are creating an ntirely separate world for themselves to such an PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition extent that their ideas and decisions the ones that affect the rest of us are based on their limitedxperiences and not ours When once the rich traveled the same roads went to the same stores and rode the same airplanes as we did there were some shared Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography experiences that created social bonds Now the rich increasingly have privatizedverything with the result that the rest of us are left with a neglected public arena of crumbling schools infrastructure health care and public services Schwartz looks at both sides of the velvet rope that increasingly divides us He takes us on board a cruise sh. From New York Times business reporter Nelson D Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, every arena of life creating a friction freexistence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other sideIn nearly very realm of daily life from health care to ducation highways to home security there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans. ,
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Companies are creating special for those who can afford it and the rest of us get to look in the window and dream that someday we could have that too The problem is that most of us will never have that kind of money and at too The problem is that most of us will never have that kind of money and at point malicious nvy takes over and threatens to take down the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl entire system The author takes us on a tour of Yankee Stadium and its new luxury suites and the drive to providexclusivity to the richest fans Stadiums all over America have been re imagined to include new suites and Exile and Pilgrim exclusive foods for the richest of the rich Regular fans aren tven allowed to come near the field for photos or autographs Even worse ven the opportunity to buy tickets has been monetized with the advent of personal seat licenses huge fees for the rights to buy tickets to see your favorite sports team I identified with this part the most as I ve seen huge changes with the St Louis Cardinals stadiums In the old stadium tickets were affordable and suites were limited to one nosebleed section up high In the new stadium that opened in 2007 suites are verywhere and all inclusive with food and drinks But instead of tickets costing 10 20 now the suite tickets go for 100 500 per seat per game I had to give up my season tickets because of the costs which now are inflated for weekends and series with close rivals like the Chicago Cubs It s Hannah Montana: The Movie entirely possible to go to a game now and barelyven notice what goes on down on the field the amenities in the suites are that much better Schwartz takes a look at the theme park business another one close to my heart and shows how those who want to lay out the big bucks can have much better xperiences than the rest of us VIP tours costing 400 600 and hour get you xclusive access and front of the line treatment Express passes cost xtra but they mean separate lines one for the hot sweaty poor people who have to wait an hour or and one for the lite who breeze right through and onto the rides and shows The book takes a look at concierge medicine where and doctors are giving up private practice for this xpensive alternative where fewer patients are being seen but given access to the doctors and best research Getting appointments with specialists these days can take months and in cases like cancer where time is critical timely appointments can mean life or death With the concierge system and the right connections the wealthy can get in with specialists in a much shorter time period There is a group known as Ivy Wise that helps high school students prepare for they competitive application process for the best schools If you have the money they will use their xtensive Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts expertise from a pool ofx admissions officials to tell you xactly what the schools are looking for that year and how best to get your child admitted No need to go the Laurie Laughlin route of bribing coaches Or you can take the Jared Kushner way and have your parents donate millions to a school and then they will take you in ven with mediocre grades On the other side of the velvet rope the book xamines how public schools are struggling Not only are academics struggling but sports and activities have become privatized with the advent of club teams and activity fees Where once participation in teams was open to all with the desire and ability now school sports are highly stratified with middle class parents struggling to figure out how to pay heavy fees so that their kid can be on a team in band or ven go on a field trip The wealthy can supplement their school s offerings through generous PTA donations which the richest public schools utilize on top of their budget Mind. Live On one side of the rope for a price red tape is cut lines are jumped appointments are secured and doors are opened On the other side middle and working class Americans fight to find an The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) empty seat on the plane a place in line with their kids at the amusement park a college acceptance or a hospital bed We are all aware of the gap between the rich andveryone lse but when we weren't looking business innovators stepped in to xploit The Velvet Rope Economy