Not only is Massachusetts falling behind Denver, but the so called “innovation hub” is part of a bilateral trend where China is expanding its technology, innovation, and consumer culture at America’s expense.
Part of this is due to transit. In the last 14 years China has built 30 new subway systems across its growing cities and now has a billion dollar ridership. It’s investing almost three times what the US is in public education and city to city rail based infrastructure. It’s adapting its cities for bicycles and it’s government is investing in R&D. There is now an exodus of American educated Chinese workers back to the mainland where they can now make more money and work on more innovative products. Income inequality is decreasing and is something the government is taking drastic steps to stop.
China still suffers from the rot of legacy state owned corporations, a corrupt legal system, a corrupt military, and is still a large carbon emitter. On top of that, it’s a one party dictatorship where all dissent is crushed. It’s engaging in human rights abuses among its Muslim population.
That said, we should want our democracy to be as innovative if we want it to survive the coming Chinese century.