The sad truth is that even in the more plausible “creative class” cities such as New York and San Francisco, the emphasis on “hip cool” and high-end service industries has corresponded with a decline in their middle class and a growing gap between rich and poor.
This does not a creative class revolution whateverthehell make. At either end of East 4th there are plenty of shuttered businesses. Increasing the population of downtown by some insane percentage isn't tough -- people moved out years ago, and a handful of smarmy yuppies buying $250,000 condos in a neighborhood sans grocery store or livable amenities does not a neighborhood make.
One group certain to be flustered by this new perspective will be many of the cities who have signed up and spent hard cash over the years to follow Florida’s prescription of focusing on those things—encouraging the arts and entertainment, building bike paths, welcoming minorities and gays—that would attract young college-educated workers.
Living in San Francisco, and knowing a number of actually creative people who are struggling to survive in this town, I have real concerns about the use of the word "creative" applied to a group of people who are really just consumers of whatever is construed to be hip. Despite the influx of these supposed "creative" people I have not seen any increase in the production of art or music. Instead there are just these stores and restaurants that come and go while rents keep rising. Much of what made this town unique is fading away into a fog of the latest fads.
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