In 2002, a professor in Pittsburgh - Richard Florida - rose to fame. His book "The Rise of the Creative Class" posited that economic development blossoms when those "creative" types move in. A rising tide lifts all boats. Not so, it's been found. Actually when they arrive inequality increases.
In THE NEW REPUBLIC, Alec MacGillis describes the descrediting of both the theory and practice of the creative-class economic development. He points out that in the recent mayor's race in New York, Bill de Blasio won by pushing back on creative-class assumptions. Here you can read the article in TNR.
This crumbling of the creative-class meme has serious implications for other politicos. For example, where I grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, the new mayor Steve Fulop has leveraged the meme of the creative class. Here is coverage of that by the influential BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK. As momentum grows against attracting the creative class to urban areas, politicos like Fulop could lose credibility.
The broader lesson here is to be cautious before passionately embracing Idea Entrepreneurs. The ideas might have merit. But they may have unexpected consequences upon implementation. They might even morph into one of Nassim Taleb's Black Swans. Wise thought leaders, especially politicos, should carve out their unique vision for progress. Copying and pasting from what has made others a brandname could so easily make them a joke.