Urban Land Magazine : Keeping Life Affordable in Asia’s Fast-Growing Cities

Growing cities such as Hong Kong are at the epicenter of what Richard Florida has dubbed “the new urban crisis,” with the city’s success sending house prices soaring out of reach of the average resident. The author and urbanist, who is director of cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, spoke at the 2018 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Hong Kong.

November 15, 2018
CitiesOpinion EditorialsRichard Florida Columns

CNN : The disturbing part about Amazon’s HQ2 competition

Amazon’s short list of contenders for its much ballyhooed HQ2 reads like a who’s who of the most economically vibrant and dynamic cities in North America. There’s one part of Amazon’s HQ2 competition that is deeply disturbing — pitting city against city in a wasteful and economically unproductive bidding war for tax and other incentives. As one of the world’s most valuable companies, Amazon does not need — and should not be going after — taxpayer dollars that could be better used on schools, parks, transit, housing or other much needed public goods.

February 6, 2018
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Crains New York Business : How to grow New York and other cities—while reducing inequality

As the world’s most economically powerful financial center and a budding hub for high-tech industry, New York City has grown increasingly segregated and unequal—particularly in areas surrounding new development. Now more than ever, the city has become a contested ground for space, spurring a local backlash among community members who can no longer afford to live where they are. With the current presidential administration and Republican majority on Capitol Hill unlikely to lend their support, New York must now turn to its local leaders, communities, and anchor institutions—universities, medical centers, real estate developers and large corporations—to mitigate this new urban crisis.

September 26, 2017

Urban Toronto : Dark Age Ahead: Understanding Jane Jacobs in the Trump Era

A group of prominent Toronto scholars analyzed Jacobs’ ongoing impact a century after her birth. Hosted by the University of Toronto’s Innis College, the panel featured U of T’s Erica Allen Kim, Paul Hess, Michael Piper, Patricia O’Campo, and Richard Florida. Moderated by Urban Studies Chair Shauna Brail, the discussion looked at Jacobs’ contributions—and their limitations in the 21st century context—from a multidisciplinary and intersectional range of of perspectives.

November 17, 2016
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National Real Estate Investor : Six Things You Should Know About Future City Development

Urban life has changed quite a lot since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008. The new “creative class,” comprising technology workers, scientists, architects, artists and writers, has been migrating from the suburbs to “superstar cities” including San Francisco, Boston and New York, according to Richard Florida, global research professor at the New York University School of Professional Studies. Florida headlined the Urban Lab panel organized by the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate on Oct. 13.

October 14, 2016
CitiesProfiles and Interviews

The Mayors Project : An Interview with Richard Florida on City Leadership: “It’s the most important challenge facing our world today.”

Richard Florida interview on the important role mayors play in building prosperous cities. He argued that the role of the mayor is critically misunderstood and underdeveloped, and that increasing the capacity of Canada’s local leaders is one of the most important social, political and economic imperatives of our time.

May 23, 2016
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Forbes : How Emerging Entrepreneurial Hubs Are Becoming America’s New Boomtowns

Richard Florida, the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and a professor of global research at New York University, writes in “The Rise of Global Startup Cities,” that while venture capital has “gone global” by spreading to places like China and India, the dominant centers remain US cities that combine density, great universities, and an open-minded culture to attract the best talent.

February 8, 2016
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Uniplan : Read : Richard Florida: The Creative City

In 2002, the American economist and sociologist Richard Florida published the book “The Rise of the Creative Class”, which became a bestseller. Florida made a close connection between the future development of cities and the development of the “creative class”: Cities will flourish if they are able to attract these rising stars of the 21st century and persuade them to be long-term residents.

June 8, 2015

The Brooklyn Quarterly : Improving Cities: A Digital Roundtable

To explore what paths cities should forge in their 21st-century endeavors, The Brooklyn Quarterly‘s staffers and editors polled prominent experts on urban renewal, whose backgrounds range from public office to journalism to academia. We asked them: what one thing can change cities for the better in one generation? Their responses may foretell the future for many American cities.

February 16, 2015
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Comeback Cities

Cities are not declining — many are even coming back. The past decade has witnessed an unforeseen rebirth in urban America, according to the newly released figures from the 2000 Census.

October 30, 2014
CitiesCreative ClassFiles / Working PapersMartin Prosperity Institute

The Divided City : And the Shape of the New Metropolis

A new report released today by Richard Florida and the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, finds America’s cities and metro areas to be strikingly divided by class. The report, released to the City Lab Conference of Mayors and City Leaders in Los Angeles, maps the stark class divisions within 12 of America’s largest cities and metro areas. Americans, it finds, are not only separated by income and race, but by socio-economic class.

September 29, 2014
CitiesRichard Florida ColumnsTalent, Technology and Tolerance

Knight Foundation Knight Blog : Richard Florida on driving success in cities

Knight Cities Challenge offers applicants a chance to share in $5 million by focusing on the question: “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?” The contest will test the most innovative ideas in talent, opportunity and engagement in one or more of 26 Knight Foundation communities. Richard Florida writes about talent as a driver of city success.

September 23, 2014
CitiesEventsRichard Florida Columns

The Huffington Post : A Message to the City Builders of Tomorrow

Richard Florida had the honor of returning to his undergraduate alma mater, Rutgers University, to address the newly minted graduates of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, who will be some of the leaders of this epochal undertaking. He shared a few of his stories about Rutgers with them, and about the importance of finding your passion and forging your own course through life. He’d like to share them with you as well.

May 22, 2014
CitiesEmploymentFiles / Working Papers

Regional Studies : The Geography of Inequality: Difference and Determinants of Wage and Income Inequality across US Metros

This paper examines the geographic variation in wage inequality and income inequality across US metros. The findings indicate that the two are quite different. Wage inequality is closely associated with skills, human capital,technology and metro size, in line with the literature, but these factors are only weakly associated with income inequality. Furthermore, wage inequality explains only 15% of income inequality across metros. Income inequality is more closely associated
with unionization, race and poverty. No relationship is found between income inequality and average incomes and only a modest relationship between it and the percentage of high-income households.

April 7, 2014

Miami Herald : Q&A with Richard Florida on Miami’s tech hub movement, upcoming Start-Up City: Miami

Back for a second year, Start-Up City: Miami, presented by The Atlantic and The Atlantic Cities, will explore the national urban tech revolution and its impact on South Florida. The Miami Herald spoke with Florida last year about his views on building a tech hub here, and they decided to find out how he thinks Miami is doing now. They also wanted to get the lowdown on Start-Up City (Version 2.0).

March 31, 2014
CitiesFiles / Working PapersTechonology

MPI : Startup City: The Urban Shift in Venture Capital and High Technology

High tech startups are taking an urban turn. This is a new development. While large urban centers have historically been sources of venture capital, the high tech startups they funded were mainly, if not exclusively, located in suburban campuses in California’s Silicon Valley, Boston’s Route 128 corridor, the Research Triangle of North Carolina, and in the suburbs of Austin and Seattle. But high tech development, startup activity, and venture investment have recently begun to shift to urban centers and also to close-in, mixed-use, transit-oriented walkable suburbs. This report, which is based on unique data from the National Venture Capital Association, Thompson Reuters and Dow Jones, examines this emergent urban shift in high tech startup activity and venture capital investment.

March 31, 2014
CitiesRichard Florida Columns

New York Times : ‘Federations of Neighborhoods’

For most of history, people lived in the same locations from birth until death; their lives revolved around their large extended families. Nowadays, Americans are much less likely to stay put for life – just as it’s less likely that they will have one job for life. In Jane Jacobs’s words, they are “federations of neighborhoods,” where virtually everyone, no matter their age, ethnicity, religion, level of education, sexual orientation or income, can find a niche where they feel welcome and comfortable.

December 4, 2013
CitiesInternational publicationsRegionsTechonology

BBC : On track to mega-status

Richard Florida believes central Scotland has what it takes to be one of the world’s 40 or so mega-regions. It’s got the population density, income generation, skills, universities and creativity. What it also needs is a modern, fast rail network. The 20th century city sprawled with the motorcar, so further expansion will require high-speed trains.

September 19, 2013
CitiesCreativityRichard Florida Columns

The New York Times : Cities Are the Fonts of Creativity

Creativity is at once our most precious resource and our most inexhaustible one. As anyone who has ever spent any time with children knows, every single human being is born creative; every human being is innately endowed with the ability to combine and recombine data, perceptions, materials and ideas, and devise new ways of thinking and doing. Cities are the true fonts of creativity.

September 17, 2013
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Pittsburgh Quarterly : Visions of Pittsburgh’s future

Twenty-five years ago, Pittsburgh hosted the Remaking Cities Conference, an international gathering of architects, visionaries and dignitaries, including England’s Prince Charles, the honorary co-host and keynote speaker. This year, Oct. 15-–18, 2013, Carnegie Mellon University will host the Remaking Cities Congress, with 300 invited urbanists and thought leaders who will again focus on the post-industrial city in North America and Europe. In that context, they have asked 10 thought leaders to assess the Pittsburgh region’s strengths and weaknesses and to consider what they would like to see in the Pittsburgh of the future. The package begins with a foreword from noted urbanist Richard Florida.

September 5, 2013
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National Geographic Traveler : Toronto’s Urban Cool

Richard Florida heralds successful cities as those that attract and keep a creative citizenry. Toronto is a perfect
manifestation of his “Three T’s” index of good city building: technology,
tolerance, and talent. Author Katrina Onstad takes a closer look at how the Three T’s of Toronto play out on the
streets, so invites five local “creative class” guides to show her the
neighborhoods they love.

April 17, 2013

The Windsor Star : Schmidt City: Get up off your asses!

While governments try triggering growth through stimulus spending and/or tax cutting, Florida said what’s going to get us out of the current economic “crisis” are cities “restructuring the way we live and work.” He calls it a “geographic fix,” in which the highly mobile creative types are drawn to the urban areas they love by the types of amenities offered, by public and park gathering spaces and by a community’s walkability.

February 18, 2013
CitiesCreative Class

The National : Abu Dhabi could be a laboratory for hundreds of cities

For Prof Florida, Abu Dhabi’s future economic success will be determined not by the efforts that it has made thus far, although he admits these have provided an essential foundation, but by its success in attracting and retaining members of an increasingly global and internationally mobile group of knowledge-based workers he has dubbed the “Creative Class”.

February 4, 2013
CitiesRichard Florida Columns

NY Daily News : A stronger, smarter New York

As one of the world’s richest cities, New York has an obligation not just to rebuild but to show the world how to rebuild the right way — smarter, greener, more resilient than ever. New York is the very definition of resilience. It has absorbed several body blows in the past decade and bounced right back — the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the financial collapse of 2008 and now Hurricane Sandy.

November 7, 2012
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UBM’s Future Cities : Top 20 Leaders in Urbanization

Uurbanization leaders are rising to prominence across the spheres of real estate, technology, and sustainability.
As populations rise and the pressure for limited resources increases, smart thinking is needed — in the form of smart cities, which harness technology to fight the challenges of urbanism, whilst maximising its creative and economic potential. UBM identifies the the Top 20 individuals around the globe who are at the forefront of this movement, Richard Florida as number 1.

November 2, 2012
CitiesRise of the Creative Class Revisted News Articles

Forbes : Small Cities’ Big Role In Reinventing The Economy

This post is part of a new special section called “Reinventing America.” As part of this effort, Micheline Maynard and more than a dozen other Forbes contributors and staff writers focus attention on the challenges facing towns, cities and traditional industries across the nation–and highlight the growing number of surprising success stories. Richard Florida, the author of The Rise of The Creative Class, recently looked at where these knowledge-focused jobs are for a new version of his book, The Rise of The Creative Class, Revised.

July 18, 2012
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The Huffington Post : The Creative Compact

Excerpted with permission from The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Richard Florida. The tectonic upheavals our economy is enduring are the result not just of financial shenanigans by the global One Percent, but of a deeper and more fundamental shift — the passing of the old industrial order as it gives way to the emerging Creative Economy. If we wish to build lasting prosperity we cannot rely on market forces and the Invisible Hand alone to guide us. The grand challenge of our time is to invent new institutional structures that will guide the emergence of a new economic order, while channeling its energies in ways that benefit society as a whole.

July 12, 2012
CitiesCreative ClassEconomyRichard Florida Columns

New York Daily News : Wanted: Working class jobs

Richard Florida on how to help lower-income New Yorkers climb the city’s increasingly slippery economic ladder. Behind New York’s encouraging news is a troubling trend: Huge numbers of middle and especially lower income
people continue to struggle. To complete its transition, New York must develop strategies that enable many more of its workers to benefit from the ongoing transformation of its economy.

July 10, 2012
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The Huffington Post : Creative Spaces : Where to Find Inspiration

In this newest installment of our Creative Spaces series, we have assembled a slideshow to highlight some of the brave new offices that celebrate and enable creativity, through design, artwork, and architecture. These spaces aren’t necessarily high style — but all of them promote transparency, flexibility and cater to the new ways of working.

January 17, 2012
CitiesFlight ReviewsRegions

Today’s Zaman : ‘The Flight of the Creative Class’

Richard Florida’s “The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent” is a thought-provoking book says Melih Arat.
Florida discusses global competition, which was once a contest between countries, and now belongs to cities. In today’s world cities are in competition in terms innovation and creativity.

January 3, 2012
CitiesWho's Your City News Articles

Business Insider : These Are The Top-Ranked US Cities For Starting A Business

Richard Florida’s “Who’s Your City?” is a cool book that takes a look at the impact of where you live on your professional and social opportunities. Florida conducted research to understand what places attract entrepreneurial minds, how they do it, and its affect on the regions these places inhabit. He also takes a look at what cities represent the best opportunities to find a mate, start a family, be an empty nester, and retire.

October 4, 2011

WIRED Magazine : The Reviving Downtowns

Smaller cities and towns are remaking themselves as hubs for the knowledge economy.Richard Florida points out some surprising destinations from the data of the Martin Prosperity Institute.

June 1, 2011
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National Geographic : Cities are the Key

National Geographic Traveler interview with Richard Florida. Florida says society’s success is inextricably bound to the success of our great cities. And yet, the growing concentration of
wealth and human capital in urban areas is leading to greater inequality, with a person’s prosperity determined
increasingly by location. Florida explores social and economic trends in his numerous books.

June 1, 2011

Sightline Daily : Term Limits

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Richard Florida examines the changing demographics of cities. Florida’s article points out that many of the cities we have typically called suburbs are transforming themselves from sprawling, car-centric and far-flung places into compact, transit-oriented, and walkable communities.

October 25, 2010
CitiesRichard Florida Columns

Suburban Renewal

Remaking our sprawling suburbs, with their enormous footprints, shoddy construction, hastily put up infrastructure, and dying malls, is shaping up to be the biggest urban revitalization challenge of modern times—far larger in scale, scope and cost than the revitalization of our inner cities.

October 11, 2010

Examiner : Austin area reigns as one of ‘human capitals’ of U.S.

Drawing on data from the Brookings Institution, urban studies guru Richard Florida, author of “The Rise of the Creative Class,” collaborated with colleague Charlotta Mellander and their team at Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute to come up with the analysis, which put Austin at No. 10 among the cities with the most brainpower.

August 5, 2010
Cities : Our Opinion: Take a bow; back to work

Tallahassee has landed as No. 15 in a listing of the 25 Best Cities for College Grads that was reported by Richard Florida, a frequent visitor to the city and an inspiration behind the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) that is at work improving the vitality of life in the community.

June 1, 2010