All events 910, population 48779, events/person 0.02
I’m not exactly sure where this might lead, but I’m thinking that it could evolve into a population-independent metric of what Richard Florida calls “creative class” activity. As I learned at the Cities of Knowledge conference in 2007, city planners are now thinking explicitly about how to compete on the basis of such activity.
If you’re Asheville NC or Portsmouth NH, you can’t compete in absolute terms with San Francisco or New York. But you can compete with them on a relative basis. And you can also compete with similar-sized neighbors like Greenville NC and Dover NC. Here’s an early peek at the data:
|ann arbor, mi||115,000||0.04|
It’s not surprising that Keene ranks first, because I began the experiment in that town and have been curating its events for some time. But that’s exactly what interests me about this process.
I can’t measure the actual events-per-person ratio for these cities, because there’s no way to know know that. Most events aren’t reported in a machine-processable way, and so cannot be counted.
What a curator can do, though, is help make the creative class activity that’s really going on not just visible, but countable. Suppose that city A has less activity than B, but does a good job of curating what it has. City A might thereby create the impression that it has more. And by doing so, it might kick off a virtuous cycle that makes that impression real.
Are there any city planners who are gathering and using this kind of metric?