Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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From T.O. to Cowtown

April 13th, 2011

Having lived and worked in Toronto for most of my life. Then moving and working to Calgary 6 months ago, I can give a pretty good review of both cities.

You can’t compare either city because it’s apples and oranges. Toronto is bigger, more densely populated has more night life, vibrancy, culture and social activities because of greater population and longer history. Another difference is humidity, dry vs. moist. Dry air and chinnoks make winters bit tolerable, and you don’t sweat in summers.

Calgary is young, and modern city that is in growing stages and establishing an identity. Hands down Calgary has more corporate growth opportunities (less competition and entrepreneur spirit) and friendlier people. Though winters are longer and colder, and there’s urban sprawl I believe Mayor Nenshi know and has what it takes to make this city more livable.

Calgary has lower taxes, but cost more for services and eating out. It’s much cleaner and has more parks and access to biking compared to Toronto. Pay is higher, but housing cost is almost as expensive as Toronto. Surprisingly Calgary is very diverse and less red neck than I envisoned. Heck walking downtown, it’s like Toronto with diverse group of transplants and immigrants migrating here for opportunities.

If you like city life with more arts, night life then Toronto is the choice. If a smaller city that offers outdoor lifestyle and beautiful parks and mountains then Calgary is the place to be.

Sent by Elton from Toronto

I need a new home!

January 3rd, 2011

I need to find a new home- city/country.  I now live in Washington, D.C. where I was caring for my mom.  She just passed a few days ago and I realize I no longer have any dreams for my life.  I am a sculptor/painter, self taught, raised overseas… like to live among my animals.   My health has become a problem, but i found this book—Serendipity!

Any ideas, anyone ? Happy New Year to all !

Sent by Margarite from Washington, D.C.

Istanbul is the heart of innovation

December 16th, 2010

Istanbul…is the heart of innovation. EUROPEAN CITY OF CULTURE 2010. It is the largest city in Turkey and 5th largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.8 million, also making it the second largest metropolitan area in Europe by population, and the largest metropolitan city proper. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural, economic, and financial centre of Turkey. It is located in northwestern Turkey within the Marmara Region on a total area of 5,343 square kilometers.

The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European side, comprising the historic and economic centers, and an Asian, Anatolian side; as such, Istanbul is the only bi-continental city in the world. The city is further divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded. In the late-19th century, a wharf was constructed in Galata at the mouth of the Golden Horn, replacing a sandy beach that once formed part of the inlet’s coastline. The confluence of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn at the heart of present-day Istanbul has deterred attacking forces for thousands of years and still remains a prominent feature of the city’s landscape.


Sent by Meryem from Istanbul

Wilmington, NC

November 5th, 2010

The coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina is nestled in the southeastern corner of the state and offers some of the best quality of life within the country. Miles of pristine beaches, charm of the historic district, impressive downtown and riverwalk, and friendly locals make Wilmington a top destination for many. Considered on of the top places in the country to start a business according to Forbes, Wilmington boast one of the largest film production studios east of LA.

Sent by Chris from Wilmington, NC

2012 European capital of culture

October 28th, 2010

Guimarães is a unique and special city! Distinguishes itself by its heritage, by inspiring landscape, by entrepreneurship, by the feeling of belonging and the dynamism of its population. The creation of the city of Guimarães dates back to the 10th century, having been here that in 1128, originated from the foundation of Portuguese nationality and the recognition of D. Afonso Henriqu es as first King of Portugal. Enhancement of function and the investment in cultural heritage resulted in the creation of an infrastructure network of high quality and in the regeneration of the historical centre, recognized by UNESCO in 2001 as cultural heritage of humanity.

Guimarães, with a population of 160,000 inhabitants, is one of the youngest cities of Europe (nearly 50% of its inhabitants has less than 30 years), being the second largest municipality in English outside the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto. Alongside the traditional textile industry relevance, were emerging other sectors, with greater technological incorporation of increasing economic significance and confirming the strategic importance of the University of Minho as generator of knowledge and innovation for the city and region. It is also a city in rapidly changing reacting to a competitive global market, in a world that increasingly stimulates diversity and innovation.Guimarães in 2012 will become European capital of culture on par with other European city.

Sent by Manuel from Guimarães, Portugal

Hightech & Baroque – Dresden’s Future

October 28th, 2010

Centuries ago it was the White Gold, the Exploration of silver in the Erzgebirge, and many other innovations that were spurred by the country’s creative king, August the Strong. The recent exhibition “State of the Art for 450 Years” of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, http://bit.ly/StateOfTheArt450Years, shows the creativeness and entrepreneurial spirit that has been fostered economic wealth since then.

In the time of the industrialization on the turn of the 19th to 20th century, Dresden was famous for its camera business, and many more http://bit.ly/DresdenInventions (see for yourself). Also the car industry, that is still there in the face of dozens of OEM suppliers in the area was very strong.

Then the time after the war and 40 years of GDR in a way halted that movement – it least it seemed like that.

Nowadays it may be the time for making the connection between the past and the future, combining Hightech & Baroque to something magnificently great.

SiliconSaxony, as the Financial Times coined the city of Dresden years ago has the power and drive to make this happen, through its citizens who really deserve it due to their creative power that has outlasted the times of GDR and 20 years as being part of Germany.

Are you thrilled to join the journey? Happy to connect and create the collaborative innovation network that is already under way. Outspanned to Savannah, GA, for the http://coins2010.com conference. The Global Entrepreneurship Week starting 15th of November will be the next chance driving change forward in this fast moving world.

The picture seen is the former Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, that was an entrepreneurial hotspot exactly 100 years ago (and still is, on smaller scale today), http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Werkstätten_Hellerau

Sent by Ralf from Dresden

Highway vs. High Speed Rail

September 8th, 2010

Significant media attention has been given to the expected $2.5 billion cost of the Tampa-Orlando portion of the proposed Florida High Speed Rail system. When it comes to the cost to the user of the system however, the public discussion has been limited. User cost comparisons between highway and high speed rail (HSR) have been nonexistent or anecdotal at best. The following analysis seeks to encourage further discussion about the user cost-benefit of bot h highway and high speed rail commuting, between Orlando and Tampa in this particular case. Cost-benefit was analyzed based on two primary factors: cost (in dollars) and time (in minutes).

More at:

Sent by Bob from Orlando

Pitt County Quality of Life

July 26th, 2010

The Greenville, North Carolina MSA is the cultural, medical, retail, recreational and educational hub of Eastern NC. With a moderate year-round climate and the 3rd largest university in NC, there are numerous opportunities to engage in a diverse array of activities, whatever your age or interest. Come see what Pitt County and the Greenville NC, MSA are all about!

Sent by Kelly from Greenville, NC


July 26th, 2010

Beyond the contemporary mystifying writings in mass media on this town aiming to attract visitors, Berlin is at first a real place: a conglomerate of economic struggles, education issues, post-industrial phenomena, country’s political capital, geographic axis of Eastern Europe and the “West”. It is too, a real place of local and international bohemians including well-established and emerging artists, pre and post-university relaxation seekers, European academic exchange program students, fashionistas and at the same time a beloved place for designers, IT-specialists, architects, musicians and researchers.

Specific areas of the town have been transformed in short periods from just residential into residential plus artistic/bohemian and creative professional. The district “Prenzlauer Berg” is the prototype. Being an affordable place for students and emerging artists in the early 90th, in which they moved in considerable quantity from west Germany and later from all over Europe and Americas, in order to live there. Prenzlauer Berg began to change its demographic face and spatial color and more deeply its social structures at late 90th by the subtle migration of new creative professionals and prolonging stay of those former students of city’s universities and art, acting and technical schools. The mix mad it: middle age entrepreneurs in conventional branches, start-up youngsters, real estate old sharks, emerging artists, physicians, handcraft people, lawyers, theatre, TV and cinema actors and finally “just living” bohemians. That’s Prenzlauer Berg today.

As Richard Florida mentioned once, there is no contradiction having family friendly, biologically regenerative atmosphere and a creative, gay and bohemian culturally regenerative surrounding in the same place. This area is showing clearly the benign and fruitful culmination of birth per capita index and bohemian index. The natural proximity of talent and productive forces within a tolerant and open “Kiez” (German word for a specific area) makes it worth to be here.

Sent by Harun from Berlin

Star City in China

July 12th, 2010

I live in a fantastic city, named Changsha, but we would like to call her STAR CITY.Actually, this city is famous for her TV programs and movies in China,such as Happy Girl/Happy Boy in every summer holiday, a competition for hunting singers.

People here live in a happy and relax life everyday.We could go to bars to have a cup of beer at night till 4 am,or climb the mountain named Yuelu to breath the energy air,sometimes we choose to go through the river named Xiangjiang on boat,to see the view with our friends, and play on the island of the river, named Orange Island. It looks like STAR CITY is the only city in China, who has her own island among the city.

The creative industry in STAR CITY is also well known to tourists.If you are interested in some ancient buildings and streets, you could walk on Peace Street in a raining day.Because you can feel the romantic atmosphere there and recall your memory.If you are a fashion designer, you may find there are a lot of beautiful hand-make things there,such as pillows, skirts, and something else.If you were born to a gourmet, you should go to Fire Palace, it’s a traditional restaurant for u. And if you are a photographer,maybe you could try to take photo from the air by plane, and you can buy your own cute plane in STAR CITY, we are good at making small planes.

The weather in STAR CITY is significant, the four seasons in a year you can see and feel.We h ave snow at winter, and raining at summer, or leaves at fall, or flowers at spring.The girls in STAR CITY are beautiful for their good skin coming from the weather.And the man in STAR CITY are famous for their courage, the father of China studied here.The young people in STAR CITY are the leader of Chinese creative industry.They are good at cartoon design, music compose, TV and movie produce,they travel around the world to find partner to develop a modern culture in STAR CITY.

If you have a plan to come to China, remember make STAR CITY on your schedule.

Sent by Linna Fu from Changsha