Someone I know on Facebook posted the following about his Midwest hometown:
Everyone* in [Midwest city] talking about Trump.
Everyone* in SF talking about AI, Blockchain and Burning Man (and how expensive rent is).
Just an observation!
This illustrates that people in communities that want to be taken seriously as creative and innovation capitals sometimes miss the boat on what really goes on in those capitals.
Yes, people in the Bay Area don’t like Trump very much. You’ll read about their politicians pontificating the media. But at ground level, most of what is going on in creative is focused on the business at hand.
At times there can even be a vaguely cargo cult aspect to this. What do creative capitals have? Let’s go get or be that. But the real secret sauce to creative cities is somewhere else, hidden.