Lots of interest in mega-regions generally and Tor-Buf-Chester around the blog-sphere.
Financial Times columnist, blogger, and "undercover economist" Tim Hartford, writes:
Richard Florida is now writing in the Globe and Mail. I enjoy his blog very much but confess to never having read his very successful books [RF: Ouch]. ... Florida and I, along with others such as John Kay, Martin Wolf and Robert Lucas, are huge fans of the late Jane Jacobs, who pointed all this out long ago. Anyone who has not read Jacobs is missing a treat. Start with "Cities and the Wealth of Nations".
I am a huge Tim Hartford fan and cite his stuff up and down in Who's Your City?
Over at Portfolio.com's Finance Blog, Felix Salmon adds:
Richard Florida doesn't explicitly mention Ed Glaeser in his column today in the Toronto Globe & Mail, but it can easily be read as a direct response to Glaeser's pessimistic view of Buffalo in City Journal. Glaeser says that any attempt to revitalize Buffalo is doomed; Florida, by ontrast, places Buffalo in the context of a larger "mega-region" including Rochester, Toronto, and maybe even Montreal, Ottawa, and Syracuse. Looked at that way, he says, it's huge and vibrant, "a trans-border economic powerhouse that stretches from Buffalo to Quebec City."... To listen to Glaeser, then, infrastructure investment in Buffalo is doomed; According to Florida, by contrast, it's desperately needed, especially when it comes to rail links across the Canada-US border, and much more efficient border crossings in both directions.
The folks at Strategy, Innovation and Change ask "Is Richard Florida the new Michael Porter?" - which I take as high praise indeed, since he singlehandedly made strategy a field and is widely considered the number 1 business intellectual of his time, though I'm not sure this was exactly what they intended.