How To Revitalize Cities Through The Arts

Canada's Globe and Mail covers author Richard Florida's talk at the Creative Places + Spaces conference.
October 24, 2003, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Florida, who has a highly developed social conscience for an economist, warned that if the economic power of the creative class is not harnessed for the good of all citizens, it will only widen the gap between rich and poor. He believes that, in the proper social conditions, creativity will rise from the streets (he also expressed great skepticism about mega-cultural projects as tools of urban development, pointing out that museums don't make art)... The creative age is "not a magic bullet for social ills," he said, arguing that Canada's social liberalism and openness to immigration place the country in a much more advantageous economic position than the U.S., where conservative forces 'have stuck the gear-shift in reverse.' "

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Published on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 in The Globe and Mail
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