What made Florence so absurdly productive during the 15th century?
ie. What made Paris the center of culture during the 19th century?
There’s also a sense that places are primary in something and secondary in other things. For example, LA and NYC feel secondary in tech industries but equally primary in fashion.
Let’s think about the exceptional places in the world today and why people wanted to go there.
Is the fact that these places tend to center around industries a cause or an effect or both? The industry clusters may also be an artifact of how I’m defining “world class” because I think of world class as people who want to be the best at what they do. Thinking more it’s how I perceive these people’s decision making process around somewhere being “the place to be” without sacrificing their careers.
In the early 21st century, it feels like there are many world-class cities but San Francisco
What are other historical examples of places?
Is there something in the nature of the high margin industry? ie. Silk was probably a high Margin industry but you didn’t see a cultural center there