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The Rise of the Creative Class--Revisited by Richard Florida

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CHAPTER 16
The Geography of Inequality
One evening in 2002, I found myself in a Zen-style garden in one of Northern California’s most upscale neighborhoods. Enclosed by high walls, with flowering plants and small sculptures artfully placed amid beds of raked sand, the garden adjoined the home of a Palo Alto venture capitalist. The audience facing me could have served as a group portrait for the Creative Class. There were engineers and entrepreneurs, artists and musicians, businesspeople and venture capitalists. Many were tastefully clad in black or neo-hippie garb. Everyone looked permanently young in that ineffably California way. They asked challenging and provocative questions, most of them having little to do with their own status in life. ...

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