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The Creativity Fix is most insidious when it assumes that every city can win in the battle for talent and growth. Creativity scripts, however, are better understood as “zero-sum” urban strategies constituted within the context of uneven urban growth patterns in an increasingly polarized framework of inter-city competition.

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Glasgow’s adherence to the creativity script is merely another  soft policy option for compliant forms of corporate welfare, regressive social redistribution and ‘trickle-up’ economics. In fact, precisely the same forms of compliance that has allowed neoliberal forms of capitalism to lead us into the deepest global recession since the 1930s.

More at: http://variant.org.uk/34texts/mechantcity34.html

PDF (from magazine): http://variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue34/merchant34.pdf

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