Becoming a Creative City: The Entrepreneurial Mayor, Network Politics and the Promise of an Urban Renaissance

  title={Becoming a Creative City: The Entrepreneurial Mayor, Network Politics and the Promise of an Urban Renaissance},
  author={Davide Ponzini and Ugo Rossi},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={1037 - 1057}
This paper critically explores the ‘politics of becoming’ in a ‘wannabe’ creative city in the United States. It shows how, in Baltimore’s policy sphere, Richard Florida’s theory has served as an ‘intellectual technology’ aiming at the invention of a new macro-actor (the creative class), while related urban regeneration outcomes and prospects appear to be more problematic. In particular, at the city-wide level, the creative class policy has favoured the interests of local politicians and their… 

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