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Creativity and industrial cities: a case study of Baltimore

Acs, Zoltan J. and Megyesi, Monika (2009) Creativity and industrial cities: a case study of Baltimore. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 21 (4). pp. 421-439. ISSN 0898-5626

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Identification Number: 10.1080/08985620903020086


Creativity is changing the way in which cities approach economic development and formulate policy. Creative metropolises base their economic development strategies, at least partly, on building communities attractive to the creative class worker. While there are countless examples of high-tech regions transforming into creative economies, traditionally industrial cities have received much less attention in this regard. This research draws on Baltimore to assess the potential of transforming a traditionally industrial region into a creative economy. It analyses Baltimore's performance on dimensions of talent, tolerance, technology, and territory both as a stand-alone metropolitan area and in comparison to similar industrial metropolises. This case study concludes that Baltimore has the opportunity to capitalize on the creative economy because of its openness to diversity, established technology base, appealing territorial amenities, and access to the largest reservoir of creative talent in the USA: Washington, DC.

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Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 11:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:00

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