Richard Florida has written a promising new treatise entitled “Who’s your City? How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life,” wherein he argues that different cities have personalities and characters that not only shape the lifestyle enjoyed therein, but also the long-term economic growth and prosperity of the city.
I’ve yet to pick up the book, but I have been reading Florida’s “The Rise of the Creative Class,” where he documents the rise of this new “no-collar” class that mixes the bohemian and bourgeoisie ethos while powering economic growth — the overlap in the two books is clear.
Soon I’ll post some snippets and thoughts on Florida’s creative class, as it is useful in examining the societal friction underlying many of the current policy debates.
For the moment, here is a map that seems to confirm (nearly) all biases.