The spatial mobility of the 'creative class' : a European perspective

Abstract : This article tests Richard Florida's hypothesis about the spatial mobility of the ‘creative class' and the role of soft factors in the decisions of creative workers concerning their places of residence. Empirical data from 11 European cities suggest that the European ‘creative class' is not as mobile as Florida says. Cultural and institutional constraints contribute to lower mobility rates in Europe. In this article the role of ‘personal trajectories', completely disregarded until now, is highlighted. On the basis of empirical research data, the role of soft location factors in the decisions of creative workers does not seem to be as relevant as has been implied by Florida and others. These factors play only a marginal role in attracting members of the creative class to a city. On the other hand, they play an important role in retaining them once they have relocated. This provides some support for policies aimed at bringing about a characteristical environment of creative cities.
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Hélène Martin-Brelot, Michel Grossetti, Denis Eckert, Olga Gritsai, Zoltan Kovacs. The spatial mobility of the 'creative class' : a European perspective. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley, 2010, p. ⟨halshs-00514383⟩

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