Making The ‘Creative Class’ Feel Welcome. Or Not.

What with the down economy, the war, and all, it can be easy to forget that an urban revival is continuing to progress in cities throughout North America. Thanks in large part to author Richard Florida’s urban planning idea-of-the-moment (that cities should embrace the arts, culture, and something called the “creative class” in order to spur economic development,) cities are seeking out new ways to include the arts in their plans for a bigger and better future. But there’s a difference between throwing a theatre festival designed for the same old elite (and mostly suburban) crowd, and actually looking for new ways to bring a community together around a cultural scene.