The Curse of the Creative Class
A New Age theory of urban development amounts to economic snake oil.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder has offered perfunctory criticism of Granholm's Cool Cities plan, but he seems to be proposing something very similar.
3 GOP gov candidates debate at GVSU
Snyder said the state needs to emphasize arts and culture to create cities attractive to young college graduates, noting the thousands of people attracted to downtown Grand Rapids last fall by the first annual ArtPrize competition.
But Hoekstra said putting money into "cool cities" initiatives won't help if young adults have to leave the state to find work.
"A 'cool city' to our young people is a city with a job," he said.