The Creative Class

This sounds to me like hokey liberal professors trying to “re-message” the entrepreneurial class.

Morrison said students used ideas from a book by George Mason University professor Richard Florida called “The Rise of the Creative Class.”

In the book, Florida writes that people move to cities and create jobs, not the other way around, Morrison said. These people, known as the “creative class,” include software programmers, doctors, lawyers and artists, he said, and they have the most economic buying power.
Universities create these types of people, he said, and the key is to get them to stay in Macon. That can be accomplished by creating a sense of place, Morrison said.

“I want to go to a place where I can be the best Alex Morrison I can be, and a city should be open to that.”

It seems to me that places that center around the “creative class” tend to have higher taxes, social spending, and eventually less business.

Maybe instead of teaching students how to value the “creative class” of citizens in the world we should be teaching them how to value the entrepreneur.

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  • Apparently this city should be attracting more artists…? I guess we could use a few more of those “sculptures” down by the river on Spring Street (you know the ones that look like a construction crew left a piece of rolled-up hose lying on the ground).

    It’s hard to take someone seriously when they’re placing artists in the same category as doctors and lawyers. I can see that Macon needs to be attracting more college grads, but the way to do that is by offering high-level employment opportunities.

    In other words, adapt a business-friendly environment to attract industry to the area. This is just a case of the cart before the horse. A city that has an expanding economy and attractive employment opportunities will provide the economic base for other “luxury” markets like the arts.

    Doctors, lawyers, and especially artists have to see the presence of a reliable demand for their services before they will decide to become involved in any community. That’s not something you can simply create.