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New York as a Global Creative Hub: A Competitive Analysis of Four Theories on World Cities

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Elizabeth Currid, University of Southern California. writes this compelling analysis in the 2006 edition of the Economic Development Quarterly:

New York as a Global Creative Hub: A Competitive Analysis of Four Theories on World Cities
How New York City has maintained its position atop the global urban hierarchy as a leading player in the world and national economy is part of the broader discussion on why cities grow and why some remain at the top of the heap decade on decade. There are several dominant theories explaining New York City’s success, most notably those that argue the city is a center of command and control or managerial elite and is a global hub of finance and its related services. Yet an emerging framework explaining New York City’s dominant position argues for the importance of global creative centers. From an occupational analysis of these competing hypotheses emerges a picture of New York City as a great bastion of creativity and cultural and artistic production. These results provide a unique perspective on New York City’s position in the world hierarchy of cities and new opportunities for economic development strategies.

A link to the full text can be found in the RESEARCH section above.

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