I recently wrote this post on my website: http://flushingexceptionalism.com/th...ollar-bus.html
It's about the sudden appearance of commuter buses in my neighborhood that shuttled people from Flushing, Queens to Chinatown, Manhattan for one dollar. I wrote a bit about the fallout from the appearance of the buses, and then about the history of the Chinatown Bus in general. One of the main points I tried to make is that the Chinatown Bus spawned a big, burgeoning industry without the aid of technology, high education, or skilled labor. Instead, it all depended on the fact that the Chinatown community was tight-knit and devoted to the service because they had no other alternative. I extrapolated from that the idea that what truly makes successful businesses (and neighborhoods) is the well-being and/or closeness of the niche community that supports it. Facebook and Twitter is successful not so much because of high tech and social innovation, but because their target audience (college kids, celebrities, etc.) already enjoy certain advantages and are thus well-positioned to support them.
What do you guys think about this? I live in Flushing, so I'm steeped in it, and I've always thought that the kind of entrepreneurship here have been overlooked because this is not a well-educated or high-tech or hip neighborhood, and the successes are often just attributed to the ineffable character of immigrants. What do you guys think about the immigrant entrepreneurship model and its relevance for working-class Americans across the country?