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A Conversation With Richard Florida

Introduction
by Claer Barrett
Saturday, October 13, 2012 10:30 EDT

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
11/24/2012 7:33:01 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Investment make or Break a Wilderness
After seeing the stages my City has gone thru and reading about methods to destroy and grow Cities it appears the bottom line is investment.  I read a book where a neighborhood was destroyed by over inflating the price of properties, causing fear so long term residents would sell cheaply and then moving people in at inflated rates.  Once these speculators have made money the taxes cost rises, insurance price rises, the City stop providing services and people began to walk away from there homes.   Fires increase causing blight and city services continue to decline.  Those creating a Wilderness area within the City were people dump and I mean dump more than trash.  I thought it was by accident until I read it in a book and was able to identify the stages in the book with the stages of my neighborhood.  After many years hipster renovate and prices inflate.   As mentioned in another blog...People the most valuable resource have to be educated, development, motivated and given the tools and support to succeed.  People need to work as communities not in silos.   In the book a time of riots occurred throughout the U.S.A. but this neighborhood that developed it residents did not riot.  The neighborhood is not perfect, but people the villlage maintained viability by working together.  We need educated caring people and resources to make a city thrive.

MaxModine
MaxModine  
10/22/2012 9:49:10 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: More of a reality....
Sorry to disagree Sylvie. Rioting is an early sign of the moral breakdown of society. It is the first resort of those without conscience and the last resort of the civilized, only undertaken when all other options are exhausted. Might I suggest you try legal protesting and civil disobediance before you resort to rioting?

MaxModine
MaxModine  
10/20/2012 4:55:27 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: More of a reality....
Rioting is the inevitable outcome of failed multi-culturalism integration in many European cities. Stockholm, Amiens, Amesterdam and London, to name a few, have repeatedly felt the brunt of failed policy. Expect this situation to worsen in the near and middle term until Europe sorts out its immigration issues and economic woes.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
10/18/2012 10:43:07 AM
User Rank Blogger
creatives
Yes I think this is very true. However, what happens when the creatives move on to another place? I know that they will have a lasting influence on the area but is this really the ultimate answer to sustainable cities? If we develop talent that lies latent in a given area through various inteventions which then carries on in perpetuity then, yes, I think it is. However driving property prices up is not going to help poorer citizens as is stated in the article. You cant paint your way out of an econmic and social malaise.(I am an artist too and agree creatives have a massively important place in rehabilitating communities). Yet If we are to truly raise the standard of an area then we need longer term investment that isnt dependent on the whims of fashion/the arts and even creative technologies that change and move on o become outdated. If I have misunderstood this article then I am very happy for people to give me more insight into the process that Richard Florida is promoting. I havent read his book yet so I am aware that I could be getting the wrong idea but I think that creativity has to be tempered with social responsibity where this can be acheived.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
10/17/2012 1:02:44 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: More of a reality....
Interesting.  That fact had passed me by.

richardbyatt
richardbyatt  
10/16/2012 11:51:28 AM
User Rank Burgher
Re: More of a reality....
The privatisation of urban space is an issue here. Places such as Canary Wharf or Paternoster Square in London have the illusion of being public but are in fact private estates - that's one of the reasons the Occupy protestors ended up near St Pauls. 

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
10/15/2012 3:15:09 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: More of a reality....
Civil disobedience, yes, but rioting?  There is a difference beween people expressing a view counter to that held by those in power and smashing up the shops to get some Nike trainers

SylvieBarak
SylvieBarak  
10/15/2012 2:45:30 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: More of a reality....
Yep, people will always find a way to riot....

doesn't matter how futuristic the city becomes. And I'm glad, too. Rioting is one of the few tools us plebs have to show our displeasure at our elected representatives when they veer off track.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
10/15/2012 2:06:15 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: More of a reality....
One of the reasons that Mansion House Sqaure in the City of London never got built was the fear of creating a nice big space for public disorder.  So the Occupy movement went to St Pauls, didn't they.

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