From The New York Times, December 2004:
"Southeast from [Socks City] is Shenzhou, which is the world's necktie capital. To the west is Sweater City and Kid's Clothing City. To the south, in the low-rent district, is Underwear City. . . . The niche cities reflect China's ability to form 'lump' economies, where clusters or networks of businesses feed off each other."
"Over the past decade it has become one of the world's fastest-whirring economic engines--a global hub in the manufacture of clothing, shoes and electronics--serviced by tens of millions of migrant workers. Now the region is undergoing an equally remarkable contraction. In the past year, thousands of factories, perhaps one-third to one-half of the total, have closed."
"In the past ten years, obedient to the findings of urban sociologists, American cities have tripped over themselves vying for young, creative people. They have revitalised downtowns and sponsored gay-pride parades. They might have been better off building retirement homes."