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Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 6:30 p.m.

Author at Detroit Policy Conference: 'Creative classes' of Detroit and surrounding area must work together

By Ben Freed

The Detroit Policy Conference was hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, and at least one speaker spoke about the importance of regional collaboration.

Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class, preached cooperation between the city of Detroit and its surrounding suburbs according to a story on MLive Detroit.


A regional transit authority connecting Detroit to surrounding areas has so far failed to gain traction in Washtenaw County.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

The author praised Detroit for having a high concentration of “creative class” professionals, which he defines as technologists, artists, designers, managers, health care, and education workers. He said Ann Arbor has the fifth highest concentration in the country, while in parts of Detroit, more than 50 percent of the population fall into the category.

"You need to cooperate as a region,” Florida told MLive. “The city-suburb thing has to go away. If I hear it again in the suburbs, I’m going to start screaming."

Florida advocated increased regional transit as one way to continue the flow of information and innovation throughout southeast Michigan.

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Sam S Smith

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 10:54 p.m.

Richard Florida is Canadian.

Sam S Smith

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 10:47 p.m.

Earth to Richard Florida: Ann Arbor is NOT a suburb of Detroit!


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 1:34 p.m.

There is a reason we do not live in Detroit. So sue me if I would like to make that distinction clear. So, as to why there is little support for the regional transit authority, please see above.

Sam S Smith

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 10:49 p.m.

Myles, Ann Arbor is NOT a satellite city or suburb of Detroit. Nor has it ever been or ever will be.


Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

Don't mind if I do. Haven't even been living in A2 for a year and I'm already looking forward to moving back to the county of Wayne


Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 1:14 p.m.

Right back atcha- YOU could move to the D. No one is stopping you.


Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 2:46 a.m.

Just because they do not want to be doesn't mean it's not. If they don't want to be associated then move to Jackson county no one is stopping you...


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 10:48 p.m.

Face it, not too many folks out this way want to be associated with the D. Just ask any Prius-driving Ann Arborite if he or she considers AA a Detroit suburb.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

HB11, it's that kind of attitude that Richard Florida is talking about.. A2 is satellite city just like Pontiac and Mt Clemens.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 11:04 a.m.

City and suburbs.

Dog Guy

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 5:13 a.m.

Richard Florida tells Detroiters that they are the elite, the elect, the creative saints, the mandarins who have made a harmonious society with vibrant street life: pure high-fructose hogwash emetic for those who would swallow it. All that his Utopia lacks is tax-supported rapid transit to carry all Detroit's many blessings to those evil suburbs and throughout southeast Michigan. The Detroit Policy Conference sounds like a tent-meeting revival preaching Governor Snyder's public transportation plan.