Posted: Dec 11, 2003 8:51 pm
The article specifically focuses on Memphis, but it's basically about how a thriving arts/music community can be a huge asset to a city. It's nice to see that people are finally acknowledging that
"Without suggesting that one caused the other, the authors concluded that tolerant, funky, hip, diverse cities were also rich ones. 'The losers are the cities that don't let these people organize and be themselves and express their energy,' Mr. Florida said in a telephone interview. 'A city that allowed a gay community to emerge 10 or 20 years ago, set up its own retail stores and clubs, a city that allowed a music scene to happen, a city that allowed an arts community to emerge — there's something in the ecosystem of that community that allows individuals to get there, to be themselves and to mobilize resources. That of course is the same thing that high-tech entrepreneurs do.' "
"Christopher Reyes, 34, said he ran up against the city's reputation when he tried to start an interactive music company. 'It didn't do well because no one thinks of Memphis as a tech place,' he said. He was ready to leave in 2001, he said, until his music work took him to clubs like the Young Avenue Deli and the Hi Tone Cafe, where he discovered a rich supply of bands — one factor behind the growth of Austin, Seattle and Chapel Hill, N.C., according to Mr. Florida. Mr. Reyes stayed and started livefrommemphis.com, an online slice of the local music experience."