Florida, the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, is one of America’s most prominent urban theorists.
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As you can see, Alexandria’s not exactly a patent capital, even compared to a place like Lafayette, Louisiana:
And here’s how our income tracks:
Quoting from Florida’s How the Crash Will Reshape America (bold mine):
But that was then; the economy is different now. It no longer revolves around simply making and moving things. Instead, it depends on generating and transporting ideas. The places that thrive today are those with the highest velocity of ideas, the highest density of talented and creative people, the highest rate of metabolism. Velocity and density are not words that many people use when describing the suburbs. The economy is driven by key urban areas; a different geography is required.