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Researcher Oli Mould reflects on the tendency for economic development policies that seek to boost a city's ranking on 'creative city' league tables to paper over the very people and processes responsible for creativity.

Isidoros Kyrlangitses argues that while Detroit's "home rule" status gives local voters greater influence, its pro-residents policies result in population decline, whereas Toronto's limited powers induce a focus on pro-development policies that encourage population growth.

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