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Florida is concerned with what makes cities grow and prosper. He looks at technological and social trends in those whcih are successful and those which are not. A key is diversity of thinking an openness to new ideas, for example. I suggest that Florida's thinking is thought provoking, but I am still wary and not totally convinced. I suppose Michael Porter has gotten to me first - but the two are not necessarily incompatible. I wish I had come away from the book with a clearer understanding of how my area of the country could become successful in Florida's terms.
Ultimately, this volume is well worth the ear time of anyone concerned about economic development in any US region or city. Come to his book with an open mind and you will not be disappointed. It is well written, neatly organized, and the reading of Mark Boyett is quite good.
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Great ideas, observationsn and calls for action. But the book is just too darn long. I strugggled to finish for a lack of cohesion. And a largely uneccessary amount of argument and defense of author's findings. Needs a great editor. At least someone to put the appendix crap in the appendix. The book just needs to be revisited by a proper story teller.
Great academics are normally prolific writers, but not usually good editors. "You must kill your little darlings" and this book is full of darlings.
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