Sunday, January 16, 2005

Richard Florida: The Creative Class Wars

Richard Florida, Heinz professor of economic development at Carnegie Mellon University and author of The Rise of the Creative Class posits in January's Washington Monthly that "red state mentality" is driving out our creative class that built our prosperity.

...this shift has come about with the changing of the political guard in Washington, from the internationalist Bill Clinton to the aggressively unilateralist George W. Bush. But its roots go much deeper, to a tectonic change in the country's political-economic demographics. As many have noted, America is becoming more geographically polarized, with the culturally more traditionalist, rural, small-town, and exurban "red" parts of the country increasingly voting Republican, and the culturally more progressive urban and suburban "blue" areas going ever more Democratic. Less noted is the degree to which these lines demarcate a growing economic divide, with "blue" patches representing the talent-laden, immigrant-rich creative centers that have largely propelled economic growth, and the "red" parts representing the economically lagging hinterlands.

Read the entire article here.

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