Monday, August 6, 2012

Article Review: The Economic Strengths of Cities

I'm taking a break from the day-to-day for a few days and article and blog reviews are the diet for that period of time.  Enjoy.

I'm going to hear Richard Florida speak at a Houston economic development conference in a few weeks.  If he starts out saying to that international audience what he wrote in a July 16 article titled "The Economic Strength of Cities," I may just get up and walk out.

His piece starts:  "More and more, cities are not just the principle economic drivers and organizers of the world - they are the world." 

The article doesn't back up that statement, but it is insight into the hidden agenda of his "creative class" effort that advocates for urban development at the expense of overall economic development.

Florida tends to add metropolitan areas in citing statistics that claim 70% of people will "live in cities" by 2050 but completely ignores the suburban elements of that higher percentage in his advocacy.  Take suburbs out of his statement and the reverse is true.

Any article that starts out with such arrogance and bias is dead on arrival with me anyway.  Just sharing a different point of view.

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