Assessing the flurry of cultural activity taking place in TO, Hume suggests that a city's
new monuments aren't city halls, train stations or office towers - for the most part, those days are over. Cities must now be 'creative,' they must appeal to the mythical young knowledge workers who, Richard Florida famously told us, hold in their hands the key to civic success.
Hume also re-states the position of many of Creative Class advocates that culture "is the new infrastructure, the civic bedrock on which the most successful modern metropolises are built."
At the heart of Hume's mini-thesis is the idea that "Culture is to the contemporary city what roads, sewers and bridges were in the 19th and early 20th centuries."
That's an interesting perspective, one which should be of particular interest to Hamilton's civic leaders, who are still 'stuck in the 1950s' as the common complaint tends to go.
Whatever your opinion, there can be little doubt that 21st century leisure time is a highly marketable commodity, and those cities that grasp the opportunity to give their residents "something to do" will always prosper.
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