Tweetie Bird It is about imagining that the center is ever flexible and having the courage to create new centers.-Theaster Gates on his work #ArtPlace [More from ccoletta]

April 28, 2002

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Carnegie Mellon University professor Richard Florida may be best known for his headline-grabbing "Bohemian Index." That index ranked American cities on the percentage of artists/musicians, gays and foreign-borns who made up their populations. Richard found that, surprisingly, the cities with high percentages of "Bohemians" were also the cities soaring in the New Economy.

That insight started a two-year investigation that resulted in Richard's new book, "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life." It goes on sale this week.

Richard is the H. John Heinz III Professor of Regional Economic Development in the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been called a "maverick urbanist," as his work confounds the cities that score at the bottom of his rankings and thrills those at the top.

Join us for a discussion about the new Creative Class with Richard Florida on the next "Smart City."

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