Announcing Creative Class Struggle’s response to this year’s ‘Creative Places + Spaces’ conference

Creative People? Collaborative Spaces? Innovative Places?

According to the event’s website – politicians, private consultants, architects, community development advocates, culture workers, and public space activists are meeting to plan the future of urban policy.

According to the conference’s website, these are exciting, new boundary blurring partnerships because…

“The new imperative to collaborate is rooted in the need to solve persistent multi-dimensional problems and a growing appreciation of how collaboration fuels innovation. It is blurring boundaries between audience and creator, hgdksl anoi ksdjhf….”

Aaack! We’re lost!

Let’s step back and ask:

Whose success are these stakeholders discussing?

Is everyone invited to the table to collaborate?

As people ‘break down’ barriers to create ‘new platforms’ for dialogue about cities in these workshops – what kind of cities are they envisioning?

Isn’t education underfunded? Aren’t governments slashing library budgets? Are these the education transformations they mean?

Isn’t work becoming increasingly precarious or unavailable? Isn’t housing increasingly unaffordable for most people? Aren’t social services for the poor increasingly underfunded and overburdened? Is this the “collaboration for collective interest” that conference planners envision?

What is the city for? Who gets to live here? Who decides?

Creative Class Struggle urges you to question the Creative Cities phenomenon routinely celebrated at Creative Places and Spaces and in cities across the world.

Thanks for visiting. Come back soon!



One response to “Announcing Creative Class Struggle’s response to this year’s ‘Creative Places + Spaces’ conference

  1. floridita nonsensico

    I am so pleased to have come across this site. For a few years I have found many individuals who shake their heads at all the noise that Florida and Martin are making, but never a group.
    I think Martin is stuck to the honey pot and can’t escape.
    I am (modestly) a city builder. I have worked as a professional and a volunteer on all kinds of things to make cities more liveable for a couple of decades.
    I know a whole lot of people who quietly go about their daily tasks of teaching or creating or designing buildings without getting a ton of support from Martin and Florida. Neither do they get big speakers fees.
    Florida made some observations, wrote some books about it and is now busily trying to prove that he is right – as is Martin as RFs patron.
    Frankly it is kind of funny to see the stuff they elicit and the way they respond to it.
    The two funniest things I have seen is how they count teachers, nurses and medical professionals as “creative class workers”. So when the government spends money on education and health care (which is purely a factor of population and ability to raise tax funding) the Martin gang see it as a big generator of creative class economic activity. The other thing I laugh at is their optimistic economic forecasts which are laughable.
    I am seeing all kinds of little towns running around developing strategies to attract starving artists and gay waiters… No – really…

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