Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City was a key read in my quest to become comfortable with the idea of moving to Southern California. If not for that book, I might have never made the move, and I’d certainly still harbor a lot more venom for the goddamned sprawl (and attendant traffic and pollution) that defines this region. However, Richard Florida helped me understand that all that stuff is nothing compared to the huge advantages that come to a region that becomes a world magnet for creative talent (as LA has). Because knowledge workers of all types tend to mass together, LA is to the creative world what NYC and London are to finance, San Francisco is to technology, and Washington DC is to stupidity.
So, it’s with some glee that I saw LA top his Bohemian Index. If that were a worldwide index, it would pretty accurately describe the only cities I’d want to live in.