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Tech, Chattanooga, and culture

2002-06-07 16:54:55+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Several weeks ago, Mark linked to The Rise of the Creative Class: Why cities without gays and rock bands are losing the economic development race. Given that the book related to that article is now in the publication media blitz stage (1, 2 with responses), I wonder how Zach Wamp saying "Technology Is The Key To Economic Development" ties into this.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2002-06-07 22:37:31+00 by: OnceShy

Zach Wamp ... now there's a name that hasn't given me nightmares in several years. Is he still in Congress?

#Comment made: 2002-06-07 22:45:02+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think so. That whole "If you serve more than one ...errr... two terms you become part of the system" thing got replaced with "I'm going to stay up here where I can still do some good."

#Comment made: 2002-06-08 04:20:11+00 by: ebradway

Support for term limits only lasts half a term...

Zach Wamp, despite every effort I could make, is still in Congress and my representative.

#Comment made: 2002-06-08 05:48:36+00 by: Mars Saxman

This idea has the feel of the obvious about it, but it had never occured to me to put it in words before. I'm a computer programmer with artistic tendencies (music & illustration), and the qualities I look for in a city are certainly quite similar to the ones he describes as most likely to attract the "creative class". To use the West Coast examples I'm most familiar with - it's what Seattle and San Francisco have, but Los Angeles and San Diego don't. And yes, it's exactly what he says it is: I want intensity, real life, real experience and none of that candy-fluff suburban sugar-wrapping crap. I want somewhere unsanitized, alien, nocturnal - full of artists and live music and clubs and quirkiness. Given sufficient motivation, I'd live somewhere without these qualities, but I'd never call it home and I wouldn't resist the call of the road when it came.