The Ruse of the Creative Class | The American Prospect

Cities that shelled out big bucks to learn Richard Florida’s prescription for vibrant urbanism are now hearing they may be beyond help.  Click the image.

“There is a long tradition of charismatic economic–development troubadours. In the 1990s, it was Michael Porter, a Harvard Business School professor who swept into inner cities with his theories of industry clusters. But Florida has taken the art to a new level, wielding his “creativity index” and making each city feel that, whatever its shortcomings, it has the potential to move up the ladder.”

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