Magnetic Cities

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design President Paul Greenhalgh uses the conceptual metaphor of "prisons versus magnets" to describe what attracts new people to cities. An unappealing job, a boring school, a long commute become prisons, while a job that excites, a school that invites, while Magnetic Cities are those that have vital city parks, exciting creative work, interesting and innovative architecture, green buildings, lively gay districts, many languages on signs, and other signs of diversity. See Richard Florida's analysis of the creative class for more on this.

The City as Art position paper lists many ways to make more Magnetic Cities. They are proposed to be integrated with the Arts and Culture and Municipal Governance planks when convenient.