The more gay-friendly a city is, the more likely it will prosper

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    Feb 27, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
  • jetzenpolis

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    Feb 28, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    Richard Florida is one of my favorite nonfiction authors. I've read his books,"The Rise of the Creative Class" and "Who's My City?" Richard Florida points out that creativity is the most important characteristic for economic innovation.

    He helped map out the prevalence of 5 character traits of personalities for every zip code in the lower 48 states of the United States (extroversion, agreeability, neuroticism, conscientiousness, open to experience). "Open to experience" is the same as creativity, more or less.

    Surprisingly, the degree of conscientiousness as a trait in their personality makeup didn't have much correlation with whether metropolitan areas have increased rates of economic success and innovation. Being conscientiousness isn't necessarily what it takes to stimulate metropolitan areas to become centers of economic growth. Uncertain of how far to go with this, Richard Florida adds that entrepreneurs may combine both creativity and conscientiousness in their own personality - even though it is mostly those metropolitan areas with the highest prevalence of creativity in their personality makeup that become hot beds of economic growth. Their creative populations make them more innovative, of course.

    Agreeability is perhaps the only other personality characteristic other than creativity that has some association with for increased rates of economic growth in metropolitan areas.

    Richard Florida asserts that it is the type of people who live in a city that draw entrepreneurs into it rather than the other way around.
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    Feb 28, 2010 10:28 PM GMT
    Richard Florida asserts that it is the type of people who live in a city that draw entrepreneurs into it rather than the other way around.[/quote]

    NYC has been a city of commerce and competition from the very beginning. Here you find some of the best and brightest in many different creative fields. If you are comfortable thinking you are the best at what you do, come to NYC and challenge yourself to be even better. People pay for cutting edge stuff, not glitter. Its what you know that matters not what you look like or who you know. I think.icon_confused.gif

    In other words......what the hell is a mall? People think they are making creative choices there? Say it ain't so.
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    Feb 28, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    In London it extends to towns.

    Clapham (where I live and love): very working class place and a bit rough about fifty years ago; increasingly gay twenty years ago; now very middle class and popular with young professionals (and still very gay).

    Shoreditch: a bit rough fifteen or so years ago; taken over by poofs and creative types about five (or more?) years ago; property prices now through the roof ...

    Vauxhall: full of sleazy gay clubs and saunas and the "new Soho" ... impact of sleazy clubs and saunas (and a huge drugs problem) yet to truly impact property prices, I'm afraid, but time will tell.
  • jetzenpolis

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    Mar 01, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    The following maps show the geographic distribution of five personality traits in the United States & North America:

    maps: Who's Your City? by Richard Florida (United States)
    http://creativeclass.com/whos_your_city/maps/#Personality_Maps

    maps: Who's Your City? by Richard Florida (North America)
    http://creativeclass.com/whos_your_city/maps/#CAN_Personality

    The "Big Five" personality traits that are shown on the maps are:

    1.) extroversion
    2.) agreeability
    3.) neuroticism
    4.) conscientiousness
    5.) open to experience

    The data was collected by giving personality surveys to people. The survey analyzed the degree of prevalence for each personality trait for every zip code in the lower forty-eight states in the U.S.

    If you want to take the personality survey yourself:
    http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/
  • Webster666

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    Mar 01, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    That doesn't surprise me a bit.
    Gay friendly people tend to be more intelligent, over all.
    Intelligence usually leads to a better education.
    A better education usually leads to a better job.
    A better job usually leads to prosperity.
  • metta

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    Mar 02, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    Very interesting stuff. Thanks for posting.