Posted by Christine Nolan
Richard Florida’s theories about the importance of the “creative class” are getting some further exploration from a new study by planners and spatial analysts at Columbia University in New York city and the University of Southern California in LA. The new study, called “The Geography of Buzz” mapped the density of a range of cultural events in Manhattan and LA for a period of one year using GIS technology, and came up with clusters of hot spots in fashion, art, film, theater, television and music. The study is described by a recent article in the New York Times and you can read it here.
The article contains links to the downloadable study report *get it directly here), as well as maps of the centers of creative activity in each city. It’s worth taking the time to have a quick look at some of the reader comments, too.