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

Kingston, Ontario

Monday, April 20th, 2009

A nice example of a walkable city. Close to the downtown core, most essential services are available, with a vibrant arts and music community, and one of the top Canadian universities close by, in addition to the Royal Military College.

Sent by JG from Kingston, Ontario

Photos of Festival of City Enterprise in Italy

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

These photos were taken at the Festival of City Enterprise, in Schio and Maniago, Italy, April 2009.

Photos of the Global City Forum in Abu Dhabi

Monday, April 13th, 2009

These photos were taken at the Global City Forum, April 2009, in Abu Dhabi.

Japanese Edition of Who’s Your City?

Monday, April 13th, 2009

japanesewycThe Japanese edition of Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City? is now available.

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Love Beijing

Monday, April 13th, 2009

beijingI was born and grew up in Beijing – a five-generation “Beijinger”, some may say. Then, 6 years ago I moved to Montreal, now living in Toronto. My experience, I recently realized, brought me a global prospective to tell what Beijing is special about.

Culture – I would say it is “凝重 (ning zhong)” in Chinese, meaning…sensation of life’s heaviness and concentrate, which shows among buildings and on people’s faces. Besides, Beijing is supposed to be culture and political centre of China, so…

Changes – I biked to middle and high school for 6 years and then drove private car to university for another 4 years. Beijing changes right in front of your eyes! New bridges today, old buildings torn down tomorrow. Today majority bike, tomorrow you find everyone drives. Cities in the developed countries are already developed when the Y gen were born, but Beijing gives them a chance to witness how human societies grow from scretch, find and set its tone on its way of development.

I love Beijing, miss Beijing.

Sent by Caroline from Toronto

Valencia’s Future

Monday, April 13th, 2009

I am a 26 years old native from València which means that I ‘ve seen in live the conversion from the heavy industry times. Although the Valencia s caracteristiques are powerful and, in part, exploited,those that aren’t being exploited make me understand that the recent future is going to be deeply hard.Valencia is the only city in the world that has been able to make its reconversion emulating the Barcelona way seeing the pathetic failure of European trade cities as Marseille and Genoa but the delay in consolidating the cool BIOTECH CORRIDOR is our death. The city has recovered the pride because the profile has been shown in the massive media through the America s Cup but the teams HQ s aren’t used…and the F1 circuit on it doesn’t change anything…the real estate barons don t see the exclusivity of the beach where all that happens being broadcasted on tv… I m working in a project to put in contact people interested in establishing their home-offices in this piece of gold as nobody wants to….I m very worried anyway.

Sent by Ivan from Valencia, Spain

Buildings that would like to talk…

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

… and make the change happen. For quite a while I was thinking about setting up something similar as Team Academy (a management school up in Finland without teachers, students and classes). Over time people always asked me, “How do make money and a living from that?” A striking question! For me creating value is in the first place – earning money normally follows suit. So how to create value? Bringing people together, so diverse as possibly doable in order to create really new things, value and a sense for people to live for. Can it be done virtually in the Web-space? For some of us probably. For most of us no. It needs a common space where to meet, exchange thoughts, prototype new ideas and bring the change into the world.

So, what to do? Monday, 30th of March has been the starting point for: http://mindbroker.de/wiki/LockSchuppen.  An old railway building, standing empty for a couple of years now, a great heritage, inspiring outside, central place (right in city center and in the most vivid suburb of Dresden: Dresden-Neustadt, where new ideas spring up at every corner). Just one seed for more to come. Happy to connect with other initiatives around the globe to establish a thriving network and foundation for inter-collaborative future co-creation:-)) Best regards and looking forward to hearing from you.

Sent by Ralf from Dresden

Baltimore

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I have lived in Baltimore my entire life. We certainly benefit from our proximity to Washington DC (approximately 40 miles away). We have a large population of educated professionals, but we also have too large of an underclass. It really is a “have” vs “have nots” scenario. The area will be held back as a whole until the dismal high school graduation rates in Baltimore City are improved. Only about 60% of incoming freshman at Baltimore City public schools, leave school with a HS diploma. That cycle must be broken.

The city in which I was raised and still live is in many ways still too provincial. We should take advantage of having the capital of the free world lead our region. We can be our own independent city while still being a part of the Washington-Baltimore area. Even with our problems, we have successfully transitioned from a manufacturing economy to a service-based one. Our economy is very diverse with financial services, health care, consumer products and education leading the way. I used to be provincial, but now am quite happy to be living in the midst of the NY to Washington mega region. The opportunities are far greater here than in many parts of the U.S., especially the former rust belt.

Sent by David from Baltimore