Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Star City in China

Monday, 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

Shanghai

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Not a lot of people in New York know about Shanghai, yes, it is close to Beijing, but Shanghai is unique itself. When I mention the 2010 World Expo, people sort of get an idea of the hosting city, but when they are teleported back in 10 years, everything in Shanghai is incredibly unfamiliar. Born in Shanghai, a city east coast of China, also known as the “Oriental Paris,” I became familiar with the fast change in Shanghai. In Shanghai, one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world, is subject to change within a short time. Within years of time, Shanghai has embraced itself into a multi diverse city in which like the growing of its economic activities, more people from all over the world come and stay here. Like New York, I do not feel isolated here because of elements within the city that bring me the feeling of home, even though Shanghai is 7376 miles away.

Living in Shanghai, I feel very personally attached to places, especially the old Chinese streets where the government is preserved very well. Since Shanghai before was occupied by British, French, and Russia in 1842, 1930, 1840s respectively, many of the building located downtown “Pu xi” of Shanghai shows the intricate designs of the foreign movements. What is special about the British and French building on the bund, is that in combination with old preserved Shanghainese buildings, city dwellers would feel a sense of comfort and peace in a fast pace city. Whenever I go to Shanghai for vacation, I would always go the ShaoXing and TaiKang Road located in the West downtown area of Shanghai. Walking on the roads of ShaoXing and TaiKang Road, I see people under café umbrellas, chattering, flapping their arms, gesturing the waiter, as I walk by. Things are very much slowed down here, also take the street of MaoMing Road, north of HuaiHai Road, the cobblestone lanes, ShiKuMen, doors which are framed with large stones in which olden days tenants live. The culturally rich aspects of the streets bring vitality to the people living in the city.

Living in New York, I feel much differently than the engaging feeling I feel in Shanghai. When I first came to New York, people seem much isolated, or cold in other words. People are harder to talk to, thus harder to find friends even within the dorms I’m living in. That’s only the negative experience I’ve felt coming to New York. In Shanghai, spaces are much wider; therefore people’s hearts are not as crammed. On the streets of Maoming road, old ladies sit on the sidewalk selling orchid blossoms that the faint smell would fill up the whole sidewalk. Sometimes within the week, the old lady would walk home, basket empty, humming the familiar tune of nursery rhymes, in to the ever passionate streets of Shanghai.

Sent by Lina from New York

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

Luxurious Despair

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

There is an earlier post from someone who just doesn’t know where to go, on a global scale.

I was born in rural china, moved to Oklahoma city for grade school, moved to Hong Kong, moved to suburban Seattle for high school and college, did the post-college new york thing for a half year, hung out in Boston, moved back to Seattle, went to Tianjin when i wanted to go to Beijing, and now I’m in Boston. again.

Where else is there to go? The next place to check off the list? As I’ve never been to Europe, it now serves as an idealized repository for all the failed expectations I’ve experienced up to this point.

Paris, city of inevitable disappointment, i call out thy name. When you really cut the mustard with a sharp knife, there are only so many places.

Portland/Seattle/San Francisco: goldilocks was looking for a city to move to after graduation. First she tried Portland, and though it had a neat bookstore and novel public transport, she thought that it was just too small. Next, she road tripped down to San Francisco, and though she loved its diversity and the castro district, not to mention all the high end shopping options, it was just too expensive. Finally, goldilocks flew to Seattle and was thrilled to find a city with an alternative weekly, cafes open late and hyper internet literacy. Not too big, not too expensive, with views of snow capped mountains and evergreens everywhere, goldilocks moved into a two bedroom with a gay couple on capitol hill, and declared that it was ‘just right’. When october comes around and the clouds descend, goldilocks promptly questions the wisdom of her choice and decides to self-medicate.

Los angeles/Miami: if you’re into that sort of thing.

Philadelphia/New Jersey/Washington D.C.: so close, yet so far away.
Especially Philadelphia.

Boston: meh.

Chicago: an unknown quantity.

N.Y.: Everest.

If you’re wondering what the next stop is, it’s Beijing. obviously.

Sent by D. Huang from Boston, MA (currently)