How can a city become more creative? Providence is rebranding itself as the Creative Capital. Sure there are quite a few artists and creative people here already, but shouldn’t this campaign be more then just graphics and websites? Shouldn’t the city be investing in the creation of quality public spaces that attract even more creative people? If we are to truly be the Creative Capital, we need to figure out how we can use our urban landscape better. I presented a few of these ideas at the last Pecha Kucha in Providence.
More on making liveable cities later this weekend. If you are interested in art, sculpture and public art you should check out Gillian Christy’s talk from the same night.
Thanks to Jack Templin & Andy Cutler, I had the pleasure of speaking with Abby Goodnough & Katie Zezima while they were writing this article for the New York Times. When thinking about the massive unemployment & economic strife in the State I am drawn to the quote “he loves the state’s beauty and its quirkiness”. How can we leaverage Rhode Islands’ under appreciated assets? Size? Geography? Tradition?
Beauty is certainly one of them. The Creative Class is drawn to beautiful places with layers of local flavor or “quirkiness”. Why would talented college students, such as those from RISD or Brown, want to stay in Providence after graduation? What would attract talent from other regions? What helps Providence compete with other cities on the Northeast? Perhaps investing in projects that enhance the civic beauty of the states’ built and natural environment will aid in retaining and attracting talent.