The term 'Creative City' is now firmly entrenched in the parlance of urban politics. This is because, in the era where cities are run, managed and operated like corporations, they are engaging in competition with each other for the global flows of capital and, increasingly, for footloose talented and creative people. The major problem of many of the policies embroiled within the Creative City rhetoric is that they have a deleterious effect on the social fabric and cultural diversity of cities. This introduction covers some key concepts discussed in subsequent chapters of this book. The book is structured into two main parts, which together chart the conceptualisation, critique and potential futures of the Creative City. Part I is a thorough archaeology of the Creative City paradigm and its incumbent ideologies and ontologies. Part II attempts to redraw a creative city, one that is ontologically, epistemologically and empirically different to the Creative City.