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Turns out there's little trickle down when cities shell out to court "creatives"

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    It's pretty much a consensus opinion that building new stadiums doesn't do much for overall economic growth in a city.

    Well, spending to attract "creatives" is sort of the liberal equivalent.

    Does it work any better?

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    The consultant's name is Richard Florida? I guess because Robert California was taken?

    That sounds like a dumber idea than sports arenas.
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    To thrive, any city needs a mixed economy and plenty of demographic churn. It needs lots of different attractors. A healthy 'creative class' alone won't do it.
  4. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    He's actually Canadian.

    The argument for attracting a "creative class" was that it would gentrify rundown neighborhoods and attract jobs that would appeal to them. But when, say, Jennifer Granholm was handing out "cool cities" creative-like status to place like Alpena, that pretty much signaled the end of it.

    No doubt, you can have places like Austin that grow and thrive because they attract a higher-end "creative" class. But it's hard to create out of whole cloth.
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    How much is actually being spent on these types of programs relative to a football field or a baseball stadium? Are we talking about a marketing program?
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I saw Richard Florida consult once. In Minnesota.

    Actually, my memory fades from me. It was Richard Florida's brother, Richard Utah, and he consulted in Arizona.

    And I agree with with you on the idea. Stop giving public money away as incentives unless they're willing to guarantee X amount of jobs at Y amount of pay.
  7. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Don't you have anything better to do than cut and paste talking points all day long?
  8. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    I was skimming, but I didn't see any $ figures in that story.

    Does anyone really believe these campaigns to lure 'creatives' to these various cities total in aggregate the cost of even one stadium?
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Put the unsuccessful creative types to work as teachers. Everybody wins!
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I don't think the money spent is comparable.

    The common denominator is that the money spent seems to only benefit those it's spent on.
  11. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Because God knows we need people who can make ceramic bongs.
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Florida's reaction to this story ...

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