Thursday, August 23, 2007

Global culture center? Nashville a near-miss on Fastest Cities list

Somewhere between Barcelona and Omaha in magazine ranking

"There is energy generated by outsiders fitting in"

The Tennessean reports here that "Nashville is on the verge of joining cultural giants like Barcelona, Spain, and Miami, Fla., as a global culture center." The story analyzes Nashville's mention in the July issue of Fast Company magazine and its ranking of "fast" cities.

The Tennessean quotes the executive editor of Fast Company as saying that, "[a]s a culture center, you must have the ability to attract and retain a cultural energy, and there Nashville has real buzz." Hammond is also quoted as saying that Music City ranks 36th out of 330 U.S. cities for "tolerance":
The tolerance score also looked at Nashville's mix of gays, foreign-born residents and people in interracial marriages, along with how well other races and ethnicities are integrated into the city.

There is energy generated by outsiders fitting in, the magazine said.
The list of cities who nearly missed the top (where Omaha and Nashville appear side-by-side) is here, and the Fast Company "fastest cities" who made the cut are here.

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