Reaction Paper to Struggling with the Creative Class

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Reaction Paper to Struggling with the Creative Class The focus Peck’s article, Struggling with the Creative Class, is to critique a book written by Richard Florida, Rise of the Creative Class, which had largely become a dominant view as to how urban areas are developed. Arguably, Florida had argued that cities need to be developed in a way as to meet the needs of a “creative class”, who are professionals with innovative ability, constantly moving and are central to the success of a city. Thus, in developing the urban areas, the cities should focus on developing incentives that attract this class of people, focusing on “technology, talent and tolerance” (Peck, 2005, p.740). Peck (2005) critiques this viewpoint, and although he is not very specific as to whether it is right or not, he does argue that the increased focus on creativity in urban development is largely an urban “neoliberal” political phenomenon largely as a result of increased competition between cities (p.764). Thus, the rise of the argument regarding creativity of cities has largely been propagated by cities wanting to ahead and attractive than other areas. Such creative strategies, Peck argues, has also disrupted urban policy, normalised social inequalities, gentrification, place marketing as well as market led development in a region as more focus is placed on creative led development (Peck, 2005). This has elevated creativity to take priority in urban policies. Peck’s paper makes valid arguments regarding the direction the impact that the creativity view has had on urban development. Peck asserts that the focus on the creative people as the more privileged class to whom cities strive to cater to, there is also a marginalisation of those who are in the lower class and earn lower wages. The creativity strategies largely focus on enhancing the urban middle class lifestyle rather than focus on solving

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