A creative city encourages the use of imagination. It is a place that offers many different amenities and facilities such as shopping centres, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, parks, coffee shops and museums. It is a city that has a unique brand and reflects a personality and fosters individuality and self-expression. It's the easiest concept to define or understand , but it generally it is through to have the following characteristics:
The creative class is a group of people that have helped to bring economic growth to our cities. The creative class are the people who are responsible for forming new ideas, developing high-tech industries and fostering regional growth.
Richard Florida, a leading urbanist and public intellectual, is the one who coined the term the “creative class.” He claims his theory the “3 T’s of economic development,” is a new way of understanding how wealth is created in our cities and how creative professionals are the main drivers in the success of our economy.
Richard Florida is very enthusiastic when it comes to Toronto’s ability to attract the creative class of workers and identifies that knowledge-based urban professionals are the driving force of the 21st century economy. He also identifies 5 key elements and trends to improve the urban realm and stimulate creativity.
Creative Class Group- http://www.creativeclass.com
Martin Prosperity Institute- http://martinprosperity.org
Follow Richard Florida on Twitter- https://twitter.com/Richard_Florida
Dilan Sen is a student at the University of Toronto studying Urban Studies and Human Geography and has a keen interest in studying big cities such as Toronto and New York. She is passionate about the geography of class inequality, urban culture and economic development.
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