Richard Florida on Detroit: A “reservoir of urban energy”

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Did anyone catch Richard Florida on NPR yesterday on Morning Edition? Florida is known for his trademarked “Creative Class” approach to urban planning, his “Three T’s” (Talent, Tolerance and Technology), and for generally capturing the less tangible cultural elements of what makes cities attractive and ultimately economically successful. That said, I have heard one Florida detractor point out that “You can’t wine bar your way to urban renewal.” In this NPR snippet, he addresses what an alternative future for Detroit could look like, and the relevance for Springfield is spooky. Also check out the anti-Richard Florida, Joel Kotkin, extrapolating Florida’s advice and predicting the demise of the suburbs and the productive economy on the April 7th segment of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show (skip to 11.5 minutes into the show).

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