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Kire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-05 09:55 PM
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Unless America becomes more gay-friendy, best and brightest will leave.
The gay/hipster index
Richard Florida argues that unless America turns its cities into gay-friendly, hip creativity hubs like San Francisco, the best and brightest will opt for foreign climes.

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By Christopher Dreher

April 21, 2005 | "The United States of America is on the verge of losing its competitive advantage," economist Richard Florida wrote last fall in a Harvard Business Review article based on his new book, "The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent." "It is facing perhaps its greatest economic challenge since the dawn of the industrial revolution." Even more provocatively, he later declared that "Terrorism is less a threat to the U.S. than the possibility that creative and talented people will stop wanting to live within its borders."

This might sound like the sort of breathless hyperbole regularly used to prop up glaring deficiencies in otherwise flimsy policy papers. Yet there's more than a little menace to Florida's proclamations when you consider that the professor of public policy at George Mason University published "The Rise of the Creative Class" only three years earlier. In that book, he described with earnest, unabashed exuberance the prominence of the very same class in what he calls the new "Creative Age."

In fact, the ideas in Florida's 2002 book have come into vogue and gained a certain amount of status over the past few years, with dog-eared paperbacks of "Rise of the Creative Class" landing on the desks of a disparate (and sometimes desperate) range of professionals: urban planners, community redevelopers, economists, gay activists, financers, curators, developers, musicians and so on. And don't forget the local and regional politicians, especially if said politician lords over a small- or medium-size inland city that makes up one of the postindustrial rustlands spread all too generously between the two coasts.

That book, Florida's first, highlighted an energetic, mobile, economically productive "creative class" that emerged in force after the bubble economy of the '90s -- a class whose members range from idea-creating professionals such as scientists, designers and entertainers to knowledge workers in business, law and healthcare who use their creative capacity to solve complex problems. According to Florida, this new class includes 38 million Americans, and the creative sector makes up more than 30 percent of the overall labor force.

For cities to remain strong, or to rebound from postindustrial neglect, Florida prescribed artistic and cultural development; this would attract members of the new flourishing, prospering class.

More: http://www.salon.com/books/int/2005/04/21/florida/
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whirlygigspin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-05 10:09 PM
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1. bye bye Taliban
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-05 10:48 PM
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2. I'm still looking for a hot Canadian to marry me
so I can get the hell of out this countty!

any takers?

:shrug:
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-22-05 05:11 AM
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3. damn -- lost another one to canada!
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-22-05 10:06 AM
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6. or maybe a hot American to emigrate with me
:)

hell, at this point, I'd settle for breathing!

LOL
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FuzzyDicePHL Donating Member (698 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-22-05 07:32 AM
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5. Montreal
I'd move there in a second if the BF would come with me. What a beautiful city.
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Meeker Morgan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-22-05 06:11 AM
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4. Hip creativity hubs?
The pugs would be glad to see them go. Only the pugs don't call them hip creativity hubs.

Not so hot for those of us who have to stay.
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-22-05 03:50 PM
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7. Hubby and I will visit Vancouver this summer
to 'look' around. I am kind of stuck to Calif. as i need expensive mtce meds for my transplant. That being said if that f'n amendment passes, we're atta here. We already have the "border crossing" krugerrands. and we'll make do without health insurance if necessary. Political asylum would be ideal.
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Technowitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-05 02:23 PM
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8. My wife and I are considering the same...
We also live in CA, and are registered as Domestic Partners. Even got married in SF last year, when that was going on... a shame it didn't stick.

It's not that we have to stay here...but we live in what we both consider to be one of the most beautiful parts of the country. I love the redwoods, the people around here, and the climate is wonderful.

I hear Vancouver's great, too... but the idea of leaving this, where we are, feels like a surrender. Still, we're probably going to check things out up there, see if we like what we see.

We already know that real estate prices are much better than they are here...
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-05 04:28 PM
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9. we have already left what we love
Sonoma Valley, and now have a beautiful home in Coachella Valley. We Hate every second of it and wish daliy to come back which is impossible. So Cal just is unmanagable ( can't get a decent loaf of french bread even) No roast Ducks from Chinatown either
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