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The Dayton Daily News Beats the Creative Class Drum

Daytonology has done some desultory blogging about Richard Florida’s Creative Class concept and the local attempt at doing Creative Class things, the Dayton Create initiative.

But not too much because yer humble host isn’t part of this class, or category. Not because of cynicsm since Florida is on to something (albeit something difficult to measure).

What’s good to see is the Dayton Daily News continuing to report on the progress and the positive editorials on the intiatives. Recently there was one on UpDayton, the young adult group, who have been quite active: Creative Class Living Is Up to Name

The article mentions the “summit” sponsored by UpDayton, which came in for quite a bit of critique from the local blogosphere (Daytonology Included):

One group organized a summit last spring where two hundred or so people showed up to mull over what to do first. What could have been a boring, discouraging gripe fest was a mass brainstorming session that wrapped up with participants settling on four big things to tackle.

…oddly enough the DDN itself is the source of the regions’ largest ongoing “boring, discouraging gripe fest”; the readers comments to their local news articles, especially ones dealing with urban affairs.

I guess this editorial signals that the editors do not share the views of their more vocal readers.

The editorial discussed UpDayton’s “Don’t Dog Dayton” video contest, which is one of three things they are pushing for in their Grow Downtown intiative. Another is revitalize existing festivals, which are, presumably, not attractive to the 20 and 30 – somethings (one of the local bloggers has noted the festivals decline, so a definite issue here).

It will be easy for UpDayton and the other DaytonCreate initiatives to get lost in the generalized malaise and negativity, the black hole of bad local karma, so a big pat on the back for the DDN for keeping this (admittedly small) counter-trend in public view via their editorials.

Originally Posted At: Daytonology


3 comments to The Dayton Daily News Beats the Creative Class Drum

  • Sounds like we are talking up dayton we need ot do that a lot ot go forward .

  • Stan Hirtle

    How much of an economy can you hang on the “creative class?” You can’t just have millions of people being creative and call it an economy. Part of it has to be making things that people need and getting it to them.

  • I see this more as a quality-of-life initiative, and a bit of community organizing.

    Not so much as a big economic development thing. But you can hang a lot of growth on having that creative class thing going, as it attracts a young adult workforce, which means a good labor pool for employers to draw on, if they are looking for that kind of worker. That’s whats happening with cities that have this buzz.

    Dayton isn’t one of them, but its still OK to do these initiatives as it make the city more interesting, less the dull factory town.

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