While having lunch, at Armandos Mexican Restaurant at 120 Spaulding Ave., I noticed two women across the street doing an Irish Jig, or something. Had they won the Irish Sweepstakes? Was this their Lucky Day?
After lunch, I approached them, and we had what can be called a Civic Be-in. Gale was a wealth of information. Sally is an artist who just opened a gallery at my favorite storefront. While talking, Gale moved her bun in a 3D fashion, towards the camera, and back. Then, she broke a piece off and shared her bun with her Bohemian Sister. A Brownsville tradition is born!
Once a year I see Bohemian types coming from all around, even from Europe, to break bun with their Bohemian Brothers and Sisters. As President of the Bohemian Bank, I might virtually take over the Key Bank so I can share my wealth of Bohemian Information and Ideas!
In the 70s I worked with an Art Group and Oakland Redevelopment to change the downtown. I did the same here in Springfield. I subscribe to the revelations of professor Richard Florida.
President: Bohemian Bank, and, Royal Rosamond Press ‘A Newspaper For the Arts’.
Richard Florida (born 1957 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American urban studies theorist. Florida’s focus is on social and economic theory. He is currently a professor and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Prof. Florida received a PhD from Columbia University in 1986. Prior to joining George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, where he spent two years, he taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in Pittsburgh from 1987 to 2005. He was named a Senior Editor at The Atlantic in March 2011 after serving as a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com for a year.
Florida lives in Toronto and Miami and is married to Rana Florida.
Research and theories
Florida is best known for his concept of the creative class and its implications for urban regeneration. This idea was expressed in Florida’s best-selling books The Rise of the Creative Class, Cities and the Creative Class, and The Flight of the Creative Class. A book focusing on the issues surrounding urban renewal and talent migration, titled Who’s Your City?, was recently published.
Florida’s theory asserts that metropolitan regions with high concentrations of technology workers, artists, musicians, lesbians and gay men, and a group he describes as “high bohemians”, exhibit a higher level of economic development. Florida refers to these groups collectively as the “creative class.” He posits that the creative class fosters an open, dynamic, personal and professional urban environment. This environment, in turn, attracts more creative people, as well as businesses and capital. He suggests that attracting and retaining high-quality talent versus a singular focus on projects such as sports stadiums, iconic buildings, and shopping centers, would be a better primary use of a city’s regeneration of resources for long-term prosperity.