|The New Ideal?|
Frankly, I'm somewhat skeptical about the whole Richard Florida "Creative Class" concept anyway. Bohemians may bring a certain amount of heat, but are not likely to have the kind of wisdom and experience that brings light. If you really want to see economic development and benefits that span across wide levels of society, it is the entrepreneurs, engineers, medical researchers and non-profits that you want to support, and they often like suburbs. Teaching them to enjoy walkable enviornments will help them synergize and cooperate, but there's a limit to how many relationships they can support and remain productive. That's why they tend to prefer lower densities.
|Winter Garden Farmer's Market|
|RR Depot, Circa 1915|
|Scoops Ice Cream Shop|
Winter Garden has become a "place" in a creative and encouraging way. That to me is creative placemaking...