Richard Florida — remember him? — theorized that cities successful at attracting artisans, creative bohemians, affluent gays, career academics and other young, coffee-house hipsters can thrive because those types of people bring new ideas, which beget new businesses and new technologies. The former Carnegie Mellon University prof even wrote a book about it, called “The Rise of the Creative Class.” His theory on economic vitality caused much hand-wringing in Pittsburgh, which despite its overall livability and excellent sandwiches rarely scores well on hipness tests.
…So when he’s not writing, what’s Mr. Florida up to these days? Speaking, mostly. Last month, he spoke to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce in Washington; in Edmonton, Canada; and in Iowa City. This month, he’s scheduled speaking engagements in Fort Collins, Colo.; Denver; Chicago; and four stops in the Netherlands. (The Morning File understands that they do some really creative things in Amsterdam’s red light district.)