Fast Company magazine recently released its annual list of "Fast Cities," a listing of the world's leading cities in terms of creativity, innovation, forward-thinking and other "it" factors that separate the Portlands and Austins of the world from the rest of the pack.
The article on Seattle, this year's "City of the Year," included this interesting quote:
The creative people who have transplanted to Seattle have sought out this place for a reason. Wherever they came from, they left because that place was stuck in tradition. And these people, these innovators, are not happy with that. They want to turn that idea of tradition on its head.That's pretty amazing; I wish we had more of that spirit here.
In 2007, the magazine named St. Louis as one of its five "Slow Cities," along with Budapest, New Orleans, Detroit and Havana, describing our fair city thusly:
Too normal for its own good. It ranks dead last on CityVitals' "Weirdness Index," a measure of passion and engagement.In 2008, Kansas City was listed as a "City on the Verge"
A $9 billion redevelopment is restoring downtown KC's shine with the new Sprint Center and Steven Holl's glorious expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. This Missouri city also anchors a new animal-health corridor -- a bovine Silicon Valley -- that's home to more than 120 bioscience firms. The hope is that this old cow town's new spin will boost job growth and keep young people from seeking greener pastures.What can we do to make downtown - and the St. Louis region - "faster?"