Maybe Richard will get there, what with good intentions and all that. Dan Gardner notes the frozen thinking:
Jonathan Kay has unkind words for urban theorist Richard Florida.
Personally, I can’t get near Richard Florida without catching a whiff of 1997.
Concepts like the “creative class” were cool and edgy once. So was kicking around a hacky sack at work. But then pets.com became a punchline, time passed, and the world moved on.
But Florida says nothing new. Ever. No matter what happens, the future belongs to cities which lure the creative class with bike paths, hip lofts, and offices with plenty of space for hacky sack.
He reminds me of Republicans. The economy is booming? We need tax cuts for the rich. Stocks falling? Tax cuts for the rich. Terrorist attacks? Tax cuts for the rich. Economy tanking? Tax cuts for the rich. Asteroid impact imminent? Tax cuts for the rich.
But Republicans are supposed to be rigid [it’s just that more of them are able to afford Viagra, Cialis or Levitra;what one learns watching US network television, esp. the four-hour warning – MC]. It’s their brand. Florida is marketing creativity. Opennness to new information and perspectives. Constant learning. Flourishing thoughts. Coming up with, you know, something new.
Seriously, dude. Kick around the hacky sack and work on it.