Editors’ review roundtable: Cities and the creative class

Document Type

Book Review


This first JAPA Review Roundtable covers Richard Florida’s book Cities and the Creative Class (Routledge, 2005), which is a follow-up publication to the successful The Rise of the Creative Class: And How its Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life (Basic Books, 2002). This introduction provides a book summary, a synopsis of roundtable comments, and some editors’ remarks on Florida’s work. It is intended to provide a background and context for the edited discussion that follows.

Florida’s work is both influential and controversial, making it an excellent subject for a lively roundtable. Florida’s fans point to the innovativeness of his thinking, which has sparked a whole new way of looking at economic development. His critics argue that Florida’s work often overreaches and makes claims that are not fully supported by the data. The review that follows considers both of these points.


City and town life; City dwellers; Creative ability – Economic aspects; Economic geography; Professional employees; Urban development


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning


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