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Hype&Hyper: San Francisco’s become boring | Interview with Richard Florida

Dr. Richard Florida is a world-renowned American urban theorist and public intellectual who focuses on social and economic theory. He’s a professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Distinguished Fellow of the NYU School of Professional Studies. Over the years, Florida has tried his hand at many roles, from teaching the next generation of academics to working as an editor and correspondent for none other than The Atlantic magazine, where he was appointed Senior Editor in 2011. He majored in political science and earned a degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Florida is best known for his concept of the creative class and its implications for urban regeneration, which he articulated in his bestselling books The Rise of the Creative Class (2002), Cities and the Creative Class (2003) and The Flight of the Creative Class (2006). Florida’s theory posits that metropolitan regions with high concentrations of tech workers, artists, musicians, LGBTQ people show higher levels of economic development. Florida refers to these groups collectively as the “creative class”.

August 7, 2023
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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
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Indus (Russian) Abstract : The talent, technology and tolerance as the main factor of economic development

On the first day of the educational project Made In Kazan the listeners expert classes made Richard Florida – economist, urbanist, author of the theory of the creative class, the professor of the School of Management named Joseph Rothman at the University of Toronto. “Indus” publishes a summary of his lectures.

June 3, 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
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Creative Living : Chasing originality, powering growth

An ever-growing group of
Americans is proving vital to
our society. Its members are
educated, employed in a variety
of industries, and engaged in a
lifestyle that values individuality,
originality, and participation.
They’re steadfast in their
goals, resolute in their attitudes
and ideals, and just plain happy
with the paths they’ve decided
to follow-so much so that
they are reshaping commerce
and communities.They are the “Creative Class”.

December 17, 2014
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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
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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
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The Chronicle of Higher Education : Robots Aren’t the Problem: It’s Us

The dustbin of history is littered with dire predictions about the effects of technology. They frequently come to the fore in periods in which economies and societies are in the throes of sweeping transformation­—like today.The key to a broadly shared prosperity lies in new social and economic arrangements that more fully engage, not ignore and waste, the creative talents of all of our people.

March 25, 2013
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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
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Press of Atlantic City : Economist tells Atlantic City conference that ‘creative class’ is future of work force

What does it take to revitalize Atlantic City and other places hit hard by the recession, the housing-market collapse and the vanishing manufacturing industry? Economist Richard Florida answers by looking at how this market upheaval differs from others in American history.

November 5, 2012
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The Cap Times : Madison360: A decade later, Madison still makes the ‘creative class’ grade

Florida’s 2002 bestseller, “The Rise of the Creative Class,” has sparked many debates about the relative importance of creativity to the economic health of cities. In his new book, “The Rise of the Creative Class — Revisited,” Florida reiterates, updates and expands on his bottom line: “Cities need a people climate as much, and perhaps even more, than they need a business climate.” Paul Fanlund interviews Richard Florida asking him a series of Madison-centric questions.

November 2, 2012
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Columbus Underground : Richard Florida to Speak in Columbus about our Creative Economy

Florida speaks at COSI at the 2012 Innovate Columbus event presented by TechColumbus and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Columbus Underground’s Walker had the opportunity to chat with Richard to learn a bit more about how his ideas apply specifically to Columbus, and to preview what we can expect during his presentation.

November 2, 2012
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The Australian : Creativity as an engine of prosperity for any member of the workforce

Florida has published several books on the theme of the creative class including, most recently, The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited, a substantial revision of his 2002 volume.
The thrust of Florida’s thesis is unchanged: growth of creative industries depends on the “3Ts” — technology, talent and social tolerance. But he has refined his arguments and updated statistical evidence.

August 20, 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
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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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Silicon Hills News : Austin Ranks #5 on Richard Florida’s List of Top High Tech U.S. Cities

In Richard Florida’s new book The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited, he’s compiled a list of the top tech cities in the U.S.Seattle, home to Microsoft and Amazon, claims the top place from Silicon Valley, which ranked first in his last book. Silicon Valley, which consists of the San Jose metro area, ranks second followed by the greater San Francisco area. Portland, Oregon claims the fourth spot followed by Austin.

June 29, 2012
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Salon : Class decides everything

This article was adapted from Richard Florida’s new book “The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited” from Basic Books. His nitial research over a decade ago identified the rise of the creative class as a key factor in America’s cities and economy overall. What has struck him since is that the effects of class are not just limited to cities, jobs and the economy. Class increasingly structures virtually every aspect of our society, culture and daily lives — from our politics and religion to where we live and how we get to work, from the kind of education we can provide for our children to our very health and happiness.

June 25, 2012
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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
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Examiner : The Creative Class

Interesting perspective for Miami’s economic future, from bestselling author and economic development expert Richard Florida, who finds market trends reveal a rising of the creative class. While Florida acknowledges the difficulty of our current economy, he also depicts the composition for the possibilities.

November 29, 2010
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The Huffington Post : It’s the Creative Economy, Stupid

We need to recognize that a whole new economy and society based upon creativity and innovation is emerging and that, as a consequence, it is of vital importance that we reinvent our communities, our schools, our businesses, our government to meet the challenges such major structural shifts present.

October 19, 2010
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Sun2Surf : Attracting the creative class

For those who hold strongly to the belief that cities are the engines of development, Florida’s thesis on the clustering of creative people has provided a concrete path to development. What the urban managers and planners have to do is to attract creative people to their cities.

April 27, 2010
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Management Issues : Leadership for the creative class

The creative class – innovative knowledge workers in all sectors of the economy – will rule the 21st century. So argued social scientist Richard Florida in a seminal article (and later a book), written in 2002. But what does it mean for creative class employees to show leadership? And what does this imply for conventional leadership?

December 3, 2009
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Excalibur : Toronto’s place in the “creative economy”

According to Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class: And How it’s Transforming Work, Leisure,
Community and Everyday Life, members of the creative class are very different from those who are employed in the manufacturing, service or agriculture industries. They contribute to our economy primarily by producing the new forms and ideas exploited by our various industries and decision-makers.If Toronto is serious about maintaining – or, hopefully, improving – its national and international presence in the world’s markets, it may be a good idea to foster an atmosphere that not only attracts such individuals, but also encourages and promotes those ideas and new forms they produce.

September 24, 2009
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Omaha World-Herald

The surge of art galleries in Omaha’s old warehouse district reflects a national trend, said Richard Florida, author of the bestselling book “The Rise of the Creative Class” and a renowned expert on urban renewal and the arts.

September 10, 2009
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All About Jazz : Music and the Creative Class: A Fruit Fly Industry

Richard Florida gave voice to a movement to revitalize cities by attracting and nurturing the “creative class” . There is no shortage of evidence of the power of the creative class to transform post-industrial cities, but how music, along with the companies that follow and feed it, contribute to the Creative Class is just beginning to get special attention.

June 3, 2009
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Naples News : Guest commentary: ‘Creative class’ will be key to future economic growth

One of the nation’s foremost experts in economy building says that a community seeking a strong and healthy commerce must tap into the creativity of all its members. Author and adviser Richard Florida will bring his message to Naples on May 20, 2009 when he addresses community and business leaders at a program entitled “It Pays to Be Creative,” part of the ongoing Project Innovation sponsored by the Economic Development Council of Collier County.

May 8, 2009
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Gulf News : A tale of many cities

The world needs to grow in a way that it can meet the needs of today while preserving the resources for tomorrow. Global City 2009 held in Abu Dhabi recently highlighted some seminal issues confronting urban development – and the way cities must tackle them.

May 4, 2009
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The Oregonian : In the Coraline Economy we trust

Urbanist Jane Jacobs’ idea of the successful city is central to the theory — an adaptive place where new ideas and people gather in numbers and then are “tossed together in serendipitous ways,” as Seltzer puts it. This sort of open city attracts creative people, according to the research of author Richard Florida, especially young creative people. And the more of them, the better-placed a city is for the next economy.

March 2, 2009
Creative Class : Busking evokes sense of place

Florida is a leading advocate of developing culturally vibrant communities, saying they attract the ‘creative classes,’ leading to economic growth by building a city where people want to live, play, work and invest. This would be a refreshing direction, one that could add charm and creativity to downtown Barrie, fostering a ‘sense of place.’

January 21, 2009
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Forbes : A Bailout For Yuppies

Richard Florida, has urged President-elect Barack Obama to eschew crude investments in traditional production and a renewed housing market in favor of goodies directed to what he calls the creative industry.

January 13, 2009
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The Ronanoke Times : Trying to attract the ‘creative class’

A popular economic development guru believes that a region’s tolerance and diversity, its quality of life and its support for what he describes as the “creative class” pave the way for economic and population growth. According to Richard Florida: “The distinguishing characteristic of the creative class is that its members engage in work whose function is to ‘create meaningful new forms.’ “

July 14, 2008
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Business Matters Magazine: Attracting Creative Talent to Noosa

Richard Florida believes creative people come in all colours and that they are the key to the new economy. If he didn’t already have a catchy name, Richard Florida could easily be dubbed Mr. T. His celebrated theory of economic prosperity is based on Four T’s. And it was his T for Tolerance that landed the personable American professor in Capital T Trouble when he flew into Noosa last November and media coverage played the gay card.

March 11, 2008
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Harvard Business Review : Forethought – A survey of ideas, trends, people and practices on the business horizon: Megaregions: the importance of place

Nations have long been considered the fundamental economic units of the world, but that distinction no longer holds true. Today, the natural units -and engines- of the global economy are megaregions, cities and suburbs in powerful conurbations, at times spanning national borders, forming vast swaths of trade, transport, innovation and talent.

February 20, 2008