Friday, October 07, 2005

Criticism of Creative Class.

Although doesn't seem to have got the same idea of "creative class" that I did from reading Florida interviews. Kotkin lumps tourism, luxury hotels and sports stadia in with the "creative" cities ideal, wheras I'm pretty sure Florida was pretty scathing about sports stadia and I don't remember anything much about hotels and tourism. The cafes and bars he promoted were very much intended for the local residents, and all arts venues were meant to be small, local, cliquey, rather than large. (Although Tate Modern, Bilbao etc. might be exceptions. But does Kotkin have an argument that *they* didn't pay off?)

Sounds like he's knocking down a straw-man to me.

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