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Richard Florida in crisis

Like an oiled boomerang, Richard Florida returns:

“I got wrong that the creative class could magically restore our cities, become a new middle class like my father’s, and we were going to live happily forever after,” he said. “I could not have anticipated among all this urban growth and revival that there was a dark side to the urban creative revolution, a very deep dark side.”

Indeed, who could possibly have seen any problems with the Creative Class thesis any sooner than… say, a decade ago.

At least we still have culture-led regeneration to keep us warm.

Richard Florida: ‘Bollocks’

Richard Florida strongly reasserts commitment to his ideas about a ‘creative class’ after Joel Kotkin’s assessment that “the experiment appears to have failed” :

As in all economic transformations, the invisible hand of the market can only take us so far. The rest is up to us. This is not a time to complain about or belittle this shift, or, as with Kotkin, to pretend that it is not even taking place. We need to build the new institutions and the new social compact that can harness its power and extend its benefits to everyone