Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Gazette thinks it is hot here in Montreal...


More on Richard Florida, this time, some guy named Charles Mandel, falls hook, line and sinker for what I assume is a press release from the magazine Fast Company about their latest issue. Breathlessly reporting how creative Montreal and Vancouver are. Right up there with Sacramento, California, Phoenix, Arizona, Salt Lake City, Utah, San Antonio, Texas, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, San Diego, California Portland, Oregon, Tuscon, Airzona [copy/pasted directly from the article], Colorado Springs, Colorado, and get this, Madison, Wisconsin - each city is called a "Poster Child" for the creativeness it has. Wasn't the original "poster child" from the March of Dimes, or the Easter Seals? Would I really want to live in a city that was shouting about its disabilities?

Personally, I think it's more a case of Mr. Florida (not a typo, that's deliberate) being able to hustle each of those cities for something like $250,000, and then being forced to publish his academic article in Fast Company, because there wasn't a gosh darn Academic journal in the entire world that would touch his studies with a ten-foot pole. In the Q+A with Mr. Florida, do you think Adam Hanft (described as a "guru") would of had the balls to ask how much money each of the cities listed had paid Florida in order to included on the list?

Then, if you're interested in the research behind the article (at least as how it relates to Montreal) download this.

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