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Cities and the Creative Class by Richard Florida
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Apr 23, 2008

really liked it
Read in September, 2006

I really enjoyed the premise of the book. I had never thought of creativity as an economic driver, and Florida makes a decent case. However, I feel like it may be a chicken-and-the-egg sort of problem. Do creative people gentrifying neighborhoods create growth, or is the fact that creative people are gentrifying neighborhoods simply a sign of growth. Florida failed to convince me on his argument; I feel it is more of a signal of growth than a precursor.

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