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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

Part VI: Creative Cities

Creative Cities
CREATIVE CITIES

The issue of creativity in cities was pushed towards the forefront of the urban studies agenda thanks to the work of Richard Florida (2002), who suggested that the ‘creative class’ was important in stimulating economic growth. However, the links between urban development and creativity were originally underlined in work done in the late 1980s and 1990s by Charles Landry and his collaborators (Landry and Bianchini, 1995). The basic idea that cities that have more of their population drawn from the creative class have superior growth rates has been supported by subsequent empirical work (e.g. Rutten and Gelissen, 2010). Some studies also suggest that mid-sized cities are now the main creative powerhouses since they can offer a superior lifestyle to the creative ...

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