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I was inspired by "doTank" cityLab, whose mission is to use the city as a laboratory for experiments that might stimulate economic vibrancy, and their 2011 6% Place Project. Their project developed a practical toolbox of 16 incentives to reach the 6% creatives target. This project identified creatives and the "creatives environment" in the Garfield suburb of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA.
The six-percent goal is a starting place to look at economic growth/revival. In its simplest terms, the starting goal is to look at the "lay of the land" and count the number of creatives in the community, looking at factors, such as:
road patterns and infrastructure
worker movement/chain migration patterns
The Toolbox that was developed by cityLab to attract 6% creatives to Garfield, Pennsylvania, USA, included projects such as:
Dream property database
Expand the Arts
and more ...
What can we learn from the cityLab 'doTanks' example, by mapping and identifying creatives in rural areas and conditions that attract/deter creatives so we can build our economies? Can the 6% theory apply to rural areas?
How does your region's rural communities stack up against the 6% theory?
San Francisco's Six-Percent Neighborhoods PDF
LINK TO 6% Walkabout article.
LINK TO 6% Place Project PDF.