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Title:Creativity and industrial cities: a case study of Baltimore PDF Logo
Authors:Ács, Zoltán J.
Megyesi, Monika I.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Papers on entrepreneurship, growth and public policy 0807
Abstract:Creativity is changing the way cities approach economic development and formulate policy. Creative metropolises base their economic development strategies, at least partly, on building communities attractive to the creative class worker. While there are countless examples of high-tech regions transforming into creative economies, traditionally industrial cities have received much less attention in this regard. This research draws on Baltimore to assess the potential of transforming a traditionally industrial region into a creative economy. It analyses Baltimore’s performance on dimensions of talent, tolerance, technology, and territory both as a stand-alone metropolitan area and in comparison to similar industrial metropolises. Using data from the US Census Bureau and research on creativity measures, this case study concludes that Baltimore has the opportunity to capitalize on the creative economy because of its openness to diversity, established technology base, and appealing territorial amenities. An important consideration in the transformation towards a creative economy is Baltimore's geographic proximity and access to the largest reservoir of creative talent in the US: Washington, DC.
Subjects:creativity
creative class
creativity index
creative cities
talent
technology
tolerance territory
bohemian index
gay index
old industrial cities
Baltimore
economic development
economic growth
entrepreneurship
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy, MPI für Ökonomik

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