Wellington as a 'Creative City': After Florida - and before

Michael Volkerling


For Richard Florida, the 'creative city' is characterised by 'lots of high-tech industry' (Florida, 2002: 275), located in an urban centre 'whose rebirth has been fuelled by a combination of creativity and lifestyle amenities' (Florida, 2002: 285). Following a visit to Wellington, New Zealand, in 2003, Florida suggested that these factors existed in sufficient concentration to provide a foundation for its continuing development as a 'creative city'. In reaching this judgment, Florida made little attempt to account for the origin of the qualities of Wellington's current urban culture. This paper therefore examines Florida's account of Wellington's status as a 'creative city' and analyses the development of its cultural characteristics through the interaction of the intended and unintended consequences of urban policy over time

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