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September 5, 2004

Urban Renewal - New Millenium Cities

Watched a very interesting discussion on the Wayne State University broadcast network. Carnegie Mellon Professor of Regional Economic Development, Richard Florida, gave a very compelling analysis of the essentials for attracting talented people to Urban Centers. He asserts that the Detroit's biggest export, are its people not its automobiles.

According to Florida, trendy cities (ie NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Austin) tend to keep there young intellectuals occupied with cool stuff. Arts, culture, food, mass transportation, outdoor activities, etc.

Now that I've chased the loot to Southeast MI., I can certainly appreciate Florida's argument. Downtown Detroit reminds me of the Bushwick or Brownsville section of Brooklyn in the mid-80s. Motown will have to undergo a huge metamorphosis, if it hopes retain its talented transplants.

Where does your city rank ?

The article below is a good read:
City Comforts Blog: Trendies vs. counter-trendies

Posted by AG at September 5, 2004 9:18 AM