A blogger shares perspective:
In short, I believe place, not just people, won this election for Barack Obama. And here’s why: cities are made up of three types of people.
1. Young people who migrate to them for college and professional opportunity.
2. Professionals who migrate to them for career advancements and financial gain.
3. Wealthy people who have gained enough money in their careers to stay in them over generations…
And credit the Obama campaign for doing such a good job of tailoring messages to this group. They’ve done a great job of making young urbanites feel good about those $25 political donations not to mention the volunteer numbers that come out of this group of voters. In a way, the Obama campaign emails make you feel like you’re not doing enough to make history if you didn’t at least volunteer on election day. And it’s worked like a charm in cities… Again, the Obama campaign – particularly in places like Philadelphia and D.C. – should get a lot of credit for being so well organized in cities, so much so that you would think he was running for mayor in places like Chicago and Raleigh, NC.
The critical feature of the creative economy is that it makes place the fundamental feature of politics, culture, and economics.