The Other Creative Class

Charles Landry, like Richard Florida, is focused on the importance of talent in the economic health of cities. But Landry defines the "creative class" much more broadly.

Sally Helgesen profiles Landry from a business perspective. She compares Landry to Florida, but says that "Landry sees the focus on a specific 'creative class' as a manifestation of industrial-era thinking - an outdated, siloed approach to evaluating human assets that misunderstands the comprehensive role talent plays in today's economy."

Landry was convinced by working in Glasgow that it's not all about artists:

"Glasgow showed me that you can't support creativity just by supporting creative professions," Landry says. "People in the arts provide content, of course, but content is just one aspect of what makes a place attractive and prosperous. The right infrastructures are the real key."

Full Story: Charles Landry Knows What Makes Cities Great: Distinction, Variety, and Flow


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