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Monday, March 24, 2008

The end of the superclub

A timely piece in this weekend's FT Magazine about how the rise of property prices in London is forcing the end of some of the capital's more notable nitespots. The future, it appears, will be either upscale or niche, member-driven, or segmented a la Fabric. Warehouse-stylee will be, it appears, temporarily in abeyance.

Beware the rise of property prices though. Creative expressions like dance clubs are one of the ways in which 'creative cities' attract people to come, stay, live, work and create. If these are disappearing into gated, moneyed enclaves, one could argue that the creative health of the city is not all that it is cracked up to be.

For more on what makes cities creative, have a read of this Newsweek interview with Richard Florida.



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