Essay about Cities and the Creative Class by: Richard Florida

877 Words Jan 18th, 2013 4 Pages
With the shift from manufacturing to “creative” industries, a new creative age is increasingly becoming a defining aspect of securing a nation’s economic growth. According to Richard Florida, human creativity is now the “decisive source of competitive advantage” and cities can thrive by tapping and harnessing the young, mobile, and talented individuals known as the “creative class” (Florida, 2003). Florida particularly outlines how certain cities are able to attract these innovative and talented individuals. He argues that cities that succeed have three main ingredients: technology, talent and tolerance (Florida, 2003). To prove his point, Florida uses information of both thriving and failing cities, showing their contrasting features. He …show more content…
In a knowledge-based economy, it’s hard to believe that creative capital is worth more than human capital. Simply, it is the highly-educated people who are the driving force of the economy. Richard Florida only reiterates this idea by describing these highly-educated people as “creative and valuable”.
Another criticism of Florida’s “creative class” is that he exaggerates the size and creativity of this group of people. He describes a “super creative class” that includes scientists, engineers, professors, artists, entertainers, actors, designers and architects (Florida, 2003). He also goes beyond this core group and scrutinizes “creative professionals” working in knowledge-based occupations in high-tech sectors. Florida seems to reiterate that there is a pool of talented individuals everywhere and that all human beings are potentially members of this creative class. However, Florida fails to acknowledge individuals who are deemed as “non-creative”. These “non-creative” people mainly work in service and production industries with little flexibility in working hours and conditions. The non-creative class is practically invisible as they live to support the creative population. Thus, Richard Florida is unsuccessful in discussing the effects of the creative age on individuals who do not possess the talent and creativity to flourish in a creative environment.
Lastly, Richard Florida is criticized for failing to take into

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