Monday, October 02, 2006

Where the Brains Are

Denver: Top Five Brain Burg

Ever wonder why some American cities are so expensive that even people with high 5 figure incomes often can’t afford an entry level home?

Or why so many bright and creative young folks end up moving to the same handful of urban scapes where lots of ‘em eventually get forced out by the high cost of living?

Or why American politics and religion seem so divided between certain wealthy urban progressive enclaves on the one hand and less dynamic conservative cities and stalled out rural areas on the other?

Read on. Ran across this sharp take in this month's Atlantic Monthly.

The author, Richard Florida, wrote the book "The Rise of the Creative Class" which has deeply influenced how cities plan for their futures and market themselves over the past couple of years.

He writes about a whole new kind of segregation in the US that may be as powerful as any previous form of the same. Fascinating stuff.

More posts this week on the urban scene in the US and around the world.


Blogger 3wishes said...

I have noticed the new "breed" of corp. young execs do not feel the need to work more than 40 hours a week. Putting in 60+ hours for the company has gone by the wayside here in Texas. Its how much can I get done in 32 and then Im cutting out on Friday. And it seems to be working for them too. Good for them :)

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

Very interesting article. Makes me wonder about my real motivations for wanting to move to boston or seattle.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

I think the 60 hour week is gone pretty much everywhere else too 3. But you're right--it's that same group Florida is describing that is changing workplace hours into something much more flexible. Basically, the focus is on 'create and get it done' and less on 'putting in the time.'

Yeah, its funny that we ended up in Denver, which is the quiet brain burg/hip capital that nobody except demographers knows about. We're the only place on the list outside of Atlanta where you can still afford a home. My wife grew up here and we moved to take care of grandma, so I've got an excuse :^) But it's sure nice being in a place that is so athletic and outdoorsy and brainy--lots of art and interesting stuff going on. Remarkable city--and a real city like Boston and Seattle (and not like LA, as much as I love SoCal in almost every way) Pretty attractive--I think the lifestyle stuff Florida mentions is just as key as the economic opportunity.

3:12 PM  

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