Unleashing Economic Potential with Public Transit: The Future of Vancouver, British Columbia’s Broadway CorridorSubmitted by globalsiteplans on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:33am
Richard Florida has responded to Joel Kotkin's attack on "creative class" centered policies. Kotkin doesn't really deny Florida's point that places with high-skilled workers have higher wages, but says that wage gains in high-skill cities are outweighed by high housing costs. Florida agrees.
In the science-fiction classic THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, the hero finally escapes from his house into his front yard. His once normal world is now to him a limitless universe. This, he knows, is conatined within an even more limitless universe; that of the earth in the solar system, the galaxy and beyond.
We, like the incrediable shrinking man, live in environments contained in and intersecting with other environments.
Grady Clay’s lifetime passion for journalism has strengthened the collective image of the urban landscape. He was editor of Landscape Architecture magazine from 1960 through 1985 and also worked as urban affairs editor for the Louisville Courier-Post and authored the book Close-Up: How to Read the American City.
Joel Kotkin tried to take down Richard Florida today, arguing that trusting the "creative class of the skilled, educated and hip...to remake American cities" is "pernicious." Mr. Florida can speak for himself, but I do have a few thoughts about the article.
1. Can Both Ideas Be True?
In the fall of 2012, Paul Lecroart, Senior Urban Planner for the Institut d’Aménagement et d’Urbanisme de la Région Ile-de-France (IAU), Paris (Urban Planning & Development Agency for the Paris Region), sat down with CNU to discuss the Projet Berges de Seine (Seine Banks Project).