- Distribution of creative firms by zip code in South Florida    click here to open paper content622 kb
by    Prosperi, David | prosperi@fau.edu   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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The spatial distribution, by zip code, of creative firms in South Florida region is described. Location quotients show concentration of creative enterprises. Specific space-consumption characteristics of specific creative enterprises are described.
The creative class is not a homogeneous group nor can it exist without its support
workers. It follows, therefore, that different portions of the creative economy (e.g.,
the super-creative arts, design and media firms and/or the engineering and science
firms will have different location preferences, reveal different spatial patterns within
a regional environment, and exhibit agglomeration tendencies with specific other
types of firms.

This paper unravels these preferences, patterns, and spatial partnerships by
examining selected sectors of the creative economy within the South Florida region
(Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties). The region contains about 5
million permanent residents and its two consolidated metropolitan areas both rank
among the top 50 places in Florida’s US-based creative class index.

The research strategy is twofold. First, the spatial pattern of both creative and non-
creative firms are described and mapped by zip code. Location quotients are
created for each firm type by zip code. Stratifying the overall region into many
smaller geographic areas allows the identification of both spatial concentrations of
firms by sector (both creative and non-creative) as well as any agglomeration
forces among sectors of the economy. Throughout this effort, special emphasis is
placed on two specific economic sectors: the arts and recreation sector (because
of its similarity to the mostly European concept of culture quarters) and the
constellation of engineering and science firms (because of their centrality in the
new economy). Additional special emphasis is devoted to finding those “merely
creative” and “non-creative” firms that must exist near creative ones. The initial
findings are then followed with fieldwork to build up visual evidence that documents
more specifically those places and spaces that have attracted creative economy
concentrations and corresponding agglomerations
Creative Firms, Spaces, Locations
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