LVBLinks - The Dark Side of the Creative City

As we do occasionally, we have selected some great links for you. Time to sit down in your most comfy chair and enjoy. First Lior ‘s links, then Sascha’s.

Links from Lior:

1. Have I already written that I love Streetfilms? I can’t remember how many times I explained something about urban planning, and to make my point clear I showed a video from Streetfilms. This week, they uploaded two videos from two of my favorite cities: Copenhagen and Malmö.

2. Copenhagenize ranked the top ten bicycle design details they want back. I loved #03: the lift handles.

3. Not a link, but a recommendation of a book I’ve just put my hands on. Few months ago, The National Association of City Transportation (NACTO) released the Urban Street Design Guide. Since I’m a street design junkie, this book is an endless source of joy. I’m not sure I agree with all the recommendations, but I nonetheless appreciate the attempt to create a comprehensive guide for street design.

Picture from NACTO

4. City dwellers love to mock suburbanites, especially when they say they are from the city. Citylab wrote about why we should stop doing it. They are right.

Links from Sascha:

5. Phillip Lawton wrote an intriguing plea on why we should be critical towards the creative city. Showing how the original concept of Richard Florida’s creative class has been evolved in different ways, merging with local policy goals. For everybody who wants to know more about the dark side of the creative city: gentrification, hipsters, art-washing and social injustice, do not hesitate to read this provocative yet relativizing piece.

6. Having grown up in Amsterdam it would be hard to ignore the clash of cultures occurring in the Dutch capital as described by Feargus O’Sullivan. I will assume you could not resist reading Lawton’s article. In that light, Sullivan’s piece is a practical example of the negative externalities created by a creative city policy.

7. How do we value a city? Are we blinded by its efforts to attract the creative class? The hip café’s, newly renovated museums, dockland office places, and bicycle lanes? ”A nation’s city’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members” said Mahatma Ghandi. Walking through the upside of cities they may seem creative, walkable, and well planned. But what about their poorest neighbourhoods? Mike Maciag wrote about the higher death rates of pedestrians in the poor parts of town.