AIMS Senior Fellow in Urban Policy questions a recent study that claims creative cities encourage growth. He suggests instead tax cuts and education are a better option.
Along with healthcare and taxation, a "new deal for cities" has become a theme of the 2004 federal election. This restructuring of the relationship between Ottawa and Canada’s municipalities has moved to centre stage, but are the arguments being put forward for new senior government intervention in the life of the country’s cities sound?
Over the past few years mayors, urban planners, and smart-growth and anti-suburban advocates have been arguing that wealthier cities will create investment to benefit the entire country. Civic boosters say they believe by cities keeping more of their taxes, the whole country wins. If Toronto wins, so does Truro. AIMS’ senior fellow on urban affairs asks “Do cities create wealth, or are they where most of Canada's wealth is generated?” In this commentary published in the Globe and Mail, Patrick Luciani says the distinction isn't simply a matter of economic hairsplitting.