A New Rubric for ‘Creative City’ Potential in Canada’s Smaller Cities

  title={A New Rubric for ‘Creative City’ Potential in Canada’s Smaller Cities},
  author={Nathaniel M Lewis and Betsy J. Donald},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={29 - 54}
In Canada and elsewhere, Richard Florida’s ‘creative capital’ model has gained considerable influence over urban policy and development strategies. The model posits that most cities can be economically successful if they become diverse, high-tech and amenity-rich. The way that creative capital is theorised, quantified and applied, however, tends to marginalise smaller Canadian cities. We use recent census data and qualitative evidence from a study on the social dynamics of economic performance… 

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