Cities and the Creative Class

Cities and the Creative Class

Cities and the Creative Class

Cities and the Creative Class

Synopsis

In his compelling follow-up to The Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida outlines how certain cities succeed in attracting members of the "creative class"--the millions of people who work in information-age economic sectors and in industries driven by innovation and talent.

Excerpt

Cities are cauldrons of creativity. They have long been the vehicles for mobilizing, concentrating, and channeling human creative energy. They turn that energy into technical and artistic innovations, new forms of commerce and new industries, and evolving paradigms of community and civilization. Little is revolutionary in this idea. We have known it intuitively for ages, and its manifestations can be just as easily seen in Athens, Rome, Venice, and Florence, or London, Paris, and Berlin, as in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Dublin, Helsinki, or Sydney. The argument of this book is not that the role of creativity in city formation and growth is new, but that, with the decline of physical constraints on cities and communities in recent decades, creativity has become the principal driving force in the growth and development of cities, regions, and nations.

In a sense, this book represents the prequel to The Rise of the Creative Class. Its core chapters are made up of the original academic articles and essays, researched and written before that book, in which critical elements of the creativity thesis were initially discovered, developed, and advanced. This book thus provides a crucial conceptual bridge between, on the one hand, my earlier research on technological innovation and

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