Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Madrid

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Madrid is a dynamic city that is transforming itself rapidly. New parks are appearing where freeways used to be and renowned architects are reshaping and building important parts of the city. Madrid also has one of the largest museum districts in the world (El Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia) and it is the most multicultural city in Spain, with hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Latin America, Eastern Europe, China and other parts of the world.

Madrid’s inhabitants includes many of the elements that characterize the creative class: musicians from various parts of Spain, Latin America and Africa; it is the home of the majority of video game developers; thousands of educators who work at several top universities; scientists at public and private research centers; one of the largest gay districts in Europe; and a growing fashion industry.

In recent years, Madrid has duplicated its metro (subway) lines, creating one of the largest systems in the world. In addition, there are now numerous bike trails and plans for more.

You can now catch high speed trains to Sevilla, Malaga, Barcelona and other parts of Spain.

Not all is rosy, but every year, it gets better and better. I look forward to the new park that is being built along the Manzanares River (the M-30 freeway was transformed into an underground highway).

Sent by Angel from Madrid