Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Archive for January, 2009

London

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I live in Toronto and I love it. I have to say though, I’ve never seen, or been in a city quite like London, England. That place is just thrumming with electricity and life. I could touch the buildings and feel life pulsing into me. I hope I’ve brought a little bit of that life and love, back with me to Toronto. I love Toronto just as much, for its life and vigour. I especially love how multicultural it is; and how we all seem to get along here (for the most part).

Sent by Melanie from Toronto

European cities!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Since there is not a lot of discussion in the “Europe” section I will place my favourite European cities on show here that may entice many of you North Americans to come and appreciate a *real* sense of letting go and giving in to the rhythms of urban life!

Amsterdam – the San Francisco of Europe! A 24 hour economy, liberisation of cannabis, sexual freedom, plus a fantastic arts and music scene. Everything you’d wish for is in walking or tram distance. A multitude of cultures and languages are spoken here, plus you are a train ride away from London, Paris and Berlin, three amazing capital cities.

Manchester – once the industrial powerhouse of England, Manchester today is powerhouse of partying! Like most English cities, Manchester has a gritty edge but a soulful energetic buzz. From fantastic warehouse gatherings to commercial club nights; indie, punk and bhangra are also hugely popular; after all it’s the city that spawned bands like Oasis and the Stone Roses. A great ethnic culture thrives here too – take a trip down Curry Mile to savour what is widely regarded as one of Britain’s National Dishes: Vindaloo! There’s also a burgeoning gay scene at Canal Street. In fact, the city has something for everyone!

Edinburgh – the Athens of the North, Edinburgh serves as Scotland’s showpeice city. With a 500 year old university, a historical tradition of “Englightenment” and philosophy, Edinburgh to this day retains its mark as one of Britain’s most literary and acadmeic cities. Set in ! a stunni ng skyline of volcanic geology and Mediaeval, Georgian and Victorian architecture, Edinburgh’s artists, musicians and writers (such as J.K. Rowling!) have coalesced to forge a city where there is always something happening. And of course there’s the annual International Edinburgh Festival which attracts over a million visitors every August. Whether it’s latenight jazz, poetry readings, exhibition opening nights or even Pagan festivals, one is never bored in this, one of the UK’s consitently rated top cities to live in!

Sent by ABC from Edinburgh, Manchester, Amsterdam

Where next??

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I love this site and the book as well because i’m starting to get a feel for the energy of the places that i might ‘wind up’. I’ve just moved from Toronto to Seattle for a year of study. I’m in my mid 20’s, a metalsmith and design grad and am now studying Band Instrument Repair. I’ll graduate in a few months and I’ve got to narrow down my search a little, or more precisely determine what i do and don’t want in a community/location. Now that i’ve moved away, i have i think a better appreciation for what i loved about living in Toronto, and Seattle being on the opposite side of the continent is giving me a good idea (at least meterologically) what kind of geography appeals.I don’t love the humidity of toronto’s summers, but at least its on the water, and i do enjoy a white christmas. The seattle rain doesn’t really get me down but its not ’seasonal’ enough here, its sort of just permanently cool-damp which i find kind of gross.

The great thing about my field (in addition to the fact that i love what i’m doing!) is that there is nearly limitless availability of jobs at present everwhere beyond the immediate proximity of the 4 schools (Northern Alberta, Northern Iowa, central Minnesota and of course here in Seattle). I think what i’d like is a ’secondary’ type city or a ’suburb city’ that is ripe to be revamped and reconsidered. Preferably somewhere that i wouldn’t NEED to own a car, (I’m hardy and enjoy a good long walk to work) and that there is a commuter train system into the nearby ‘bigger’ city for nights/weekends out. I would favour low cost of living and ethnic diversity to fine dining any day.

In terms of work, i might well stay in the US because the scale of highschool and college bands are greater and support more technicians like me than in canada where marching bands are relatively rare.I’m single and would hope to be in a decently sized, openminded dating pool wherever i land because i hope to begin a family (of some description) once i’m sort of settled. I don’t feel tied to my family in Central Ontario, but it would be nice to be able to take a direct flight home. I suppose this is all common enough, but maybe if there are any suggestions in general i’d be interested.

I’ve also sort of romantically daydreamed about the potential of places like: Savannah GA-San Antonio TX-Pittsburgh area -Newark area-Washington, D.C. Area-The Bay Area of California-St. Louis/ (although i hear its crazy humid in summer)-Bend Oregon-Detroit (emerging creative hub??? :) -Chicago area-Somewhere else southeast or southwest that is open minded and accepting of so called alternative lifestyles? Yeah, its broad but if you’ve got some dirt on any of these places hook me up! I’m not sure where jobs are available but the better equipped to make a comparative analysis the calmer my nerves! Also, (this sounds like a mail order request doesn’t it!?? How strange). I’d rather not end up in a city full of other people just like me, Seattle is homogenous as all get out and i think i’m getting bored. Luckily i live in the suburbs where things are a bit spicier!

Sent by Kiki from Barrie/Toronto/Seattle/???

Wanna Move

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I hate the lifestyle Vegas has to offer or maybe it is the climate I despise. I was born here and due to circumstances I have remained here but yearn to get out.

Sent by Aralee from Las Vegas