Virtual Community: Good, Bad, Neutral?

“Virtual community is not replacing real community. Chat rooms have proliferated, but so have real coffee shops. Members of the Creative Class are not looking for a life delivered through a modem. They want one that is heart-throbbingly real.” ~ Richard Florida, Rise of the Creative Class, 166

Do you agree or disagree? Has your experience with virtual community–email, chatrooms, networks, blogging, etc–resulted in a strengthened pursuit of real community? Perhaps you wouldn’t even divide cybercommunity from neighborly community?