Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Friday, May 15th, 2009

Curiously the real estate boom that has given Madrid the chance to emerge in the Spanish context in this last decade has converted now in a mountain of billionaire debt. Barcelona and Valencia, the historic productive mega-region, became the periphery of Madrid losing, it seemed, for ever, the leadership…  Although it’ s true that from the urbanologist point of view Barcelona-Valencia conform a leading mega-region the super-powerhouse of Madrid has subordinated it through its huge train system and the natural Hispanoamerican connection (finance and Barajas mega airport, larger already than Frankfurt and Amsterdam).

There we have, then, a new mega region for Mr.Florida: EL CUANDRANTE NORESTE (the NORTH EASTERN SQUARE): Madrid retains the Sock Exchange for Spanish and Hispanics, the transport plans pass by the Spanish High Speed Train Stations and Barajas, the biggest gay community in the world (Chueca Neighbourhood) won’t move from there and the civil servants and media clusters will stay. The País Vasco mecanics centres (plus the La Rioja and Ribera del Duero food clusters) stays in good shape sending, as always, the innovative young people to Madrid. And on the other hand, the old and slave mega-region Valencia-Barcelona forgetting the real estate golden years to realize that or we give sense to our two energetic metropolis (Barcelona reaches around 4 million inhabitants,Valencia around 2 million) attracting creative business starters or we will be in a very strange and dangerous situation in this new context. Barcelona is already a world top bio farma cluster, an industrial design cluster and a 1st class food cluster. Valencia is trying to show its unique architectural evolution to the world while the creative clusters emerge very very slowly…

Sent by Iván from València

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