Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life Hardcover – 2008
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The book is more successful as a review of some important global trends. Dr. Florida's key point is that where we chose to live is as important a decision as what we chose to do and who we chose as a life partner. Obvious perhaps but, as Dr. Florida points out, historically we have not given the decision of where to live sufficient attention. Topics covered to support his argument include; the formation of "mega-regions" through "clustering" of like minded individuals, the creative class' affect on mega-regions and vice versa and the effect of location on happiness. All are presented adequately with a liberal measure of anecdotes. After reading the book I have to agree with his premise.
A minor complaint: despite Dr. Florida's contention that where to live is now a global decision and despite his current location in Toronto, Canada or any of the world outside the U.S. are not considered as possible choices of where to live. It does not seem unreasonable to think there are at least a few plausible options beyond the U.S.
From a North American (and particularly Canadian) perspectives, Florida talks about why someone from Toronto might have more in common with another person from Montreal or New York, for example, than someone from other parts of Ontario. He explains why he believes that the city in which one lives is a reflection of their personality, values, and aspirations.
I think the idea of a Canadian edition is not a bad idea, but needs more work to make it happen. He basically just inserted something about Toronto at the end of every third paragraph, and repackaged it as a 'Canadian' edition.
Overall, just ok.
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We saw Richard Florida on TV and decided to buy the book. It is well researched and well written. It really makes you think about the world that we live in.Published on Feb. 16 2012 by Amazon Customer
Richard Florida practices what he preaches, by moving from Newark New Jersey to Toronto. He is reported to be interested in applying his theories to Canadian cities. Read morePublished on June 24 2008 by Ken Raudys
I enjoyed Florida's first two books as they brought clarity to a few things I had been thinking about regarding latent creative talent and the benefits of encouraging everyone to... Read morePublished on May 24 2008 by DS