Urban planning is interesting. The idea of a place that attracts and sustains the creative class is interesting. The State of Florida’s potential is interesting. And there are about 1,000 other unrelated issues, topics, ideas and opportunities that enter my world in the course of a day that are interesting. So, apologies, this blog is by its very nature an inch deep and a mile wide. But there are people who go spelunking instead of surfing on this subject ... and thank goodness for that. For some real substance instead of pithy rambling it may be worthwhile to check out some reading – as in actual books. The following is a suggested bibliography from Craig Ustler. You’re not gonna read them all, of course. But they’ll look great on the bookshelf in your condo or office. And – BTW – to do this right, you really need to purchase them from UrbanThink (ask for Jim) and not Barnes and Noble. It’s the little things people.
The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell)
Rise of the Creative Class (Richard Florida)
Radical Marketing (Sam Hill and Glenn Rifkin)
Home from Nowhere (James Howard Kunstler)
Death and Life of Great American Cities (Jane Jacobs)
The Great Good Place (Ray Oldenburg)
City Comforts (David Sucher)