Last week I was in Minneapolis without a car. By necessity (I was on a pre-conference site visit) I stayed close to the convention center. Social interactions were scheduled and constrained by how far I could walk. Consequently my impressions are limited; let’s call it drive-by-ethnography.
Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall
A native New Yorker, prone to regional chauvinism, I’ve always enjoyed visiting the cities of the Midwest. When my first marriage was falling apart it was relatively easy for me to manufacture a meeting in Madison and flee the Continue reading →
Richard Florida has created quite a brand for himself with the notion that there is a creative class and that the presence of such is the source of all things good in a virtuous circle. While I see the appeal of this argument to a certain type of ‘knowledge worker’ it has always struck me as somewhat tautological. Worse, it has also always struck me as self-serving and elitist in a way that is somehow more insulting than economic definitions of elitism.
Now Dr.Florida has weighed in on the upcoming elections with an analysis over at The Atlantic. Continue reading →