Essay about Cities and the Creative Class by: Richard Florida
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