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on August 4, 2014
Haven't been able to read the entire thing, but it is truly and interesting read. Maybe I'm biased because I am an urban planning major, but I think it everyone can learn something from this book.
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on February 16, 2012
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.
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on June 24, 2008
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. With more immigrants than most American cities, high concentrations of the most creative types of employment, government funding for small business and the arts, low crime, good public schools and a large urban middle class, Canada's biggest cities seem well poised to take advantage of the trends he describes.
Educated as an urban planner at Columbia University, Richard Florida is offering advice on how to pick the right place to live. He has organized his book around three key ideas of, the importance of place in the global economy, the diversification and specialization for quality of life, and the mobile nature of society giving you more choice where to live.
As a realtor myself, I found both his anecdotal style of illustrating his concepts enjoyable , and his action steps to implement his suggested options enlightening . For example he provides lists of cities clustered into mega regions throughout the world to choose from . His discussion of the lifestyle considerations is supported by a " notes" section linking it to personality websites, for those who would like to try them. To make an informed choice he includes a "Place Finder" as a self rating check list to help you organize and evaluate your potential choices.
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on May 24, 2008
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 use it. In his latest work, we find that our location matters to many things including our collaborative potential and elements of subjective well-being which is in many ways intuitive, but Florida brings his keen observations and signature enthusiasm to the topic, while drawing upon an array of other relevant experts to make his case. Recommended.
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