The creative class - those people who apply talent to make a product or provide a service, choose places where they want to live. These entrepreneurs, engineers, software developers, architects, and the like are the people who fuel economic growth. Businesses, and economic opportunity, follow them to the places they choose.
These people are looking for energetic, exciting, unique communities. They want places where they can interact with others; places that engage them. What does that mean for planning? Right, Richard Florida is a supporter of Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, and the likes of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
I heard him speak last night. Some of this came out in the discussion after his presentation (very worthwhile, even though I have heard him before), but Florida stated it strongly.
So what do you think, is the creative class a reason to support the planning agenda?
(BTW, for those who do not know, Florida's PhD is in Planning.)