Friday, March 29, 2013

Richard Florida was always full of it

Patrick Ishmael has an excellent series of blogs (1, 2, 3) about the emptiness of Richard Florida's claims that the creative class is a key to urban growth.  Florida's research is extremely flimsy and it's shameful that it has received anything more than a snicker (Ed Glaeser has it right).  Ishmael shows how the hipster model of growth is bound to fail and has failed in St. Louis.