Several years ago, the economist Richard Florida coined the phrase the "Creative Class" to describe the artists, musicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and others who become "urban pioneers" revitalizing blighted areas. Florida maintains that when this class moves into a neighborhood, other businesses and residents follow, enhancing the quality of life for the entire city.
Is the Tampa Bay Area attracting these creative types?
Listen to the story of a grapefruit tree that survived a beating from hammers and nails wielded by Bob Carter’s sons - who enthusiastically built a treehouse meant to last an eternity, but jeopardized the life of the tree. Carter shares the tale with his daughter, Carrie Wharton, as the two reminisce about family life.
Music credits: Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu, Atlantic Recording Corporation
Over the past year, our weekly roundtable program Florida Matters has brought together scholars, politicians, entrepreneurs, engineers and artists to discuss the important issues in our state.
This week, we’ll take a look back at the last year and revisit some of the area’s most important concerns including: growth management, transportation, health care and affordable housing.
A hairy encounter with some shady characters interested in a land deal highlights the story tsold by Ed Brickman of Long Boat Key to his friend Gloria Weissberg. Brickman, then of the Bronx, says he knew he’d been a successful businessman when the company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Music credits: Working For The Weekend by Loverboy, Get Lucky, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc
Chloe Coney relates the determination that she felt as a 13-year-old in the 1960s as one of a few black children called upon to integrate Tampa’s public schools. “I must do this,’’ the teen told her worried mother without hesitation. Coney, King and others like them found inspiration and encouragement in the words of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Their example provided the strength necessary to help open the doors of all public establishments to all people.
Music credits: What’s Going On/Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), Marvin Gaye, Motown records