[Thanks to Dick both for the title and for an excellent post and attendant comments on the subject.]
For the sake of space I've omitted the examples Kotkin cites that demonstrate the economic failure of "creative cities" policies and that make for the most entertaining and pointed reading — they can be read in the article's entirety here. Other excellent articles by Kotkin on the subject of creative cities include The Rise of the Ephemeral City, Ideological Hurricane, and The War Against Suburbia — excellent reading all.
[F]rom Sydney to San Francisco, the political imperative all too often has been not to look for ways to stay safe or competitive, but instead how to make cities cool and hip. To many public officials, the key to building a great city in the 21st century lies in cultivating the arts and entertainment venues that appeal to a so-called creative class of youngish, hip professionals.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2006