Journal Article


Declan Redmond
Enda Murphy
Philip Lawton



life cycle decision making older workers residential preferences qualitative data classic location factors creative class city centre

Residential preferences of the 'creative class'? (2013)

Abstract The desire for ‘vibrant’, ‘bohemian’ neighbourhoods forms a focal point of the amenity preferences of Richard Florida’s ‘creative class’ thesis. Here, a vibrant street culture, which includes cafes and restaurants spilling onto the pavement, is implied as being of key importance in the selection of a residential area for creative and knowledge workers. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative data, this paper examines the residential preferences of the ‘creative class’ in Dublin, Ireland. The results illustrate the continued importance of classic factors in residential decision-making, including housing cost, accessibility and travel-time to place of employment. Moreover, the results also illustrate how changes in the life-cycle, including the decision to have a family, have a direct influence on residential location choice. While there is a tendency for younger workers to select the city centre, older workers predominantly opt to live in suburban areas with good transport connections to the city centre or their place of employment.
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Declan Redmond, Enda Murphy, Philip Lawton

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Declan Redmond
University College Dublin
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Enda Murphy
University College Dublin
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