Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Nashville poised to be global culture center

Staff Writer

Nashville is on the verge of joining cultural giants like Barcelona, Spain and Miami, Fla., as a global culture center, according to this year’s “Fast Cities” list, which is compiled by a national magazine.

Fast cities, named by Fast Company magazine, are considered worldwide centers of creativity that attract youth and talent. They’re the perfect place to transplant yourself and your new business, according to the magazine’s editors.

Thirty cities were named cities on the move, while another 20, including Nashville, were listed as on the verge.

Omaha, Neb., is the other city named as on the verge of becoming a worldwide culture center.

Barcelona was tagged a culture center as home to 1,500 design studios and 18 design schools. Miami was recognized for its Wynwood Art District with scores of art galleries and art spaces and fashion-forward companies like architects Arquitectonica and its “tropical modernist” style. Also named as a culture center is Dakar, Senegal, which hosts International Fashion Week and is home to a mix of “serious intelligentsia and a non-stop outdoor party.”

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