Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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2012 European capital of culture

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Guimarães is a unique and special city! Distinguishes itself by its heritage, by inspiring landscape, by entrepreneurship, by the feeling of belonging and the dynamism of its population. The creation of the city of Guimarães dates back to the 10th century, having been here that in 1128, originated from the foundation of Portuguese nationality and the recognition of D. Afonso Henriqu es as first King of Portugal. Enhancement of function and the investment in cultural heritage resulted in the creation of an infrastructure network of high quality and in the regeneration of the historical centre, recognized by UNESCO in 2001 as cultural heritage of humanity.

Guimarães, with a population of 160,000 inhabitants, is one of the youngest cities of Europe (nearly 50% of its inhabitants has less than 30 years), being the second largest municipality in English outside the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto. Alongside the traditional textile industry relevance, were emerging other sectors, with greater technological incorporation of increasing economic significance and confirming the strategic importance of the University of Minho as generator of knowledge and innovation for the city and region. It is also a city in rapidly changing reacting to a competitive global market, in a world that increasingly stimulates diversity and innovation.Guimarães in 2012 will become European capital of culture on par with other European city.

Sent by Manuel from Guimarães, Portugal

Seeking a Multi-faceted City

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Okay, I don’t know how to ask this question. I’m having trouble finding my ideal city, and this economy is a big part of the problem.

Here’s my ideal city–> very diverse, full of artists, musicians, writers, actors, creative types, very progressive politically, very friendly and open, down-to-earth people, lots of highly intelligent people, lots of hippies & eccentric, nonconformist, “out of the box” thinkers (I really wish I could transport myself to the 60s!) Yet with all this I need to be able to find a job and an affordable place to live–but this could be worked out somehow I suppose if I found the ideal place. (Why is it that the artsy, creative cities become prohibitively too expensive for artists like me to live in them?)

Also I’d prefer to live in a major city to which lots of people move from other places. Currently, I live in the midwest & it seems everyone is “from here,” is white and middle class. Everything & everyone looks and feels the same. Even the food all tastes the same. I feel like the raving eccentric from Cali… But, then again, I am–used to live in Cali, had to leave due to the economy.

Anybody have any suggestions? BTW, I’m a filmmaker, writer, actor, musician, very creative and love being around other artists & living in places where there are people from other parts of the world. Sadly, like many artists, I’m struggling financially and having trouble finding a place where there are lots of creatives like me, but where one doesn’t need to be rich to live there and where artists are supportive of each other. Perhaps this just doesn’t exist in the U.S. anymore?

Sent by Mindy from “Mindyapolis”