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The Center For An Urban Future has released an interesting report on the importance of design services to the New York City economy. Some of their stats are a little weak (they compare the total people employed in design and total number of firms in NYC, LA, Chicago and other cities, where per-capita numbers would be more useful) but the general point is a good one. It’s nice to see a reminder that there is more to the New York economy than banks and trading.

One serious flaw in the report: there’s no mention of engineering. Not to sound defensive, but engineers are designers, too, and there are a fair number of us in New York.