Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Fredericton!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

080701iAs an immigrant from the US who chose Fredericton, I was both surprised and pleased to see its ranking, especially as regards gay and lesbian families. We visited Winnipeg, Kelowna, Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, and Fredericton and we *chose* Fredericton. Over the course of the past year, many locals, hearing this, have said, with a hint of disbelief, “Why Fredericton?” When we describe what was appealing – the size, the recreational opportunities, two universities, the seat of government, cost of living, etc., they invariably respond with something like, “Oh, yeah…” as if once reminded it was a no-brainer. That being said, there have been some ENORMOUS challenges re New Brunswick. This is a province with low self-esteem, if that makes sense. it’s virtually impossible to get a family doctor and Irving owns the province (e.g., media, oil, lumber…). But, Fredericton, as a city, is wonderful. The only thing we really miss – having come from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul – is the diverse array of wonderful restaurants!

Sent by Melissa from Fredericton

My City is Fredericton

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

chet_whoscity.jpgI went to UofT. Lived in Toronto for many years. Built a successful creative career and a good network. Then realized there was something about living in the urban metropolis that for me got in the way: a lack of the time and energy to think “outside the box” and be innovative. So I took my shoulders out of my ears and moved myself to Fredericton, New Brunswick. Chosen as one of the seven most intelligent cities in the world, for two years straight, more than a third land in the creative class. The art community is vibrant with globally recognized artists and writers, the IT community is top notch, and the city pays for wifi across large quandrants of the city. Five minutes to work and five minutes home makes for the time to get out into nature to contemplate and solve the problems of my work. Art galleries, professional theatre, a beautiful university campus… and all the charm that Maritime life brings. People engage each other, and you can still do business on a handshake. It’s easy for Torontonians to write off the smaller regions of Canada, and not pay attention to what’s going on in Atlantic Canada. But it was here, in New Brunswick (which even surprised me) where many amazing globally-proliferated inventions occurred, like SCUBA, thermal pane windows, and IPTV (internet protocal television.) And despite the economic woes of 2008, employment is actually rising, with continuing labor shortages in the IT sector. Programmers are in big demand. The downside? Getting to the US on a direct flight. Got to go through Montreal or Toronto first.

Sent by Chet from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada