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"So what makes New York a more complementary fit for her than her hometown? Maybe that has something to do with the creative economy, a concept much discussed by 'urban expert' Richard Florida in his book 'Who’s Your City: How the Creative Economy is Making the Place Where You Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life,' which explored an interesting pattern of how one’s city environment influences productivity and creativity.
"When applied to the Black experience, will analyzing the creative economies explain why cities like Brooklyn or Philadelphia produce so many musical artists or why Atlanta has such a high percentage of Black entrepreneurs? According to the social theory, location is critical whether you know it or not. It’s not only about infrastructure and city government but also about the atmosphere created by people themselves. For many Blacks, just having a presence within a city is a major element."