We are undergoing several nested transformations at once that are causing incredible disruptions of the economic, social, and political order.
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.
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.
Cities are the fundamental drivers of entrepreneurial innovation and economic growth. So why does Ottawa insist on ignoring them?
In this op-ed Richard Florida examines the significant economic division between conservative “red states” and liberal “blue states.”
America’s future can be even better than its past. But the key to getting there — to reigniting innovation, spurring long run prosperity and rebuilding our sagging middle class — lies in strengthening and empowering our system of cities, our greatest asset of all.
Since the worst of the recession, New York City has gained back the jobs it lost and then some, surpassing its all-time high of over 4 million private-sector jobs by more than 5%. This is a resurgence to be sure, but it is a disappointingly uneven one.In short, the road to opportunity remains closed for far too many New Yorkers.
In the following interview, Florida talks about the latest workplace and economic trends affecting business owners and employees, the impact of technology and automation, why we need a new social compact and gives his best career advice.
The academic and author explains how creative companies and the venture capital that drives them are increasingly flowing to cities, and what that means for economic and societal development.
“For a place to harness creativity, it must be open to the creativity of all. Not just techies or the creative class, but everyone,” argues Richard Florida. For the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, openness is a key factor in a city’s economic growth.
New York, Houston, Washington, D.C.—plus college towns and the energy belt—are all up, while much of the Sun Belt is (still) down. Mapping the winners and losers since the crash.
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.
Richard Florida, journalist, founder of creative group, author and global leader in urbanism, has brought a breath of fresh air to the field of urban renovation, especially after the collapse of the global housing bubble. Florida has been a prominent figure in the economic sphere since 1990, when he wrote his first book exploring the technological boom of Silicon Valley. His theories are characterized by his ability to recognize something many intellectuals had ignored: cultural diversity stimulates the economy.
Today’s highly mobile knowledge workers–the key to economic growth in a global economy where the talent and skills of the workforce is a prime difference-maker–choose where to live more for the qualities communities offer than for specific job-related reasons.
You don’t have to be a Marxist to wonder if capitalism has run its course. Though the stock market is soaring the economic recovery is jobless, millions remain un- or underemployed, and the economies of the world are mired in slow growth. At the same time, the gap between the rich and the poor is wider that it’s been in more than a century.Before we can treat capitalism’s symptoms, we have to understand its disease. We are in the midst of the greatest, most thorough economic transformation in all of history.
As we move into a spiky world dominated by cities, the winners and losers are becoming ever clearer. Cities show dramatic geographic divides by class, and some American metros have levels of inequality comparable to those in the poorest nations in the world. And the economic crisis and Great Recession has only compounded this situation.
Richard Florida speaking Friday, November 16th at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts.
Income and wealth inequality have risen to record levels in the United States. Even as cities have become the new social and economic organizing units of our increasingly spiky world, their inequalities are approaching levels found in Third World nations.
For the past year, Richard Florida and his Creative Class Group have partnered with UT Arlington to examine the region’s assets and challenges. The effort engaged representatives from the School of Architecture, the College of Education and Health Professions, and the School of Urban and Public Affairs, with input from major chambers of commerce, local elected officials, Vision North Texas, the North Texas Commission, and civic groups.
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.
Interview with Richard Florida on how do cities develop resilient economic systems that don’t crash and leave them in the messes they have in the past? Is it possible to plan an urban economy that can easily adapt to constant change?
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.
Outlining his plan to create a rival to Silicon Valley in the East End of London on November 4th, Mr Cameron paid tribute to Richard Florida, an American urban economist, for devising a blueprint for government’s role in the economy.
From California to Virginia, Richard Florida ranks the most innovative states
in the country to find out where good ideas are generating economic growth. California and Massachusetts rank 1st and 2nd on our new list of America’s most innovative states.
Richard Florida has posted on a new study (PDF) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows where workers work the longest hours and make the most money.
Richard Florida discusses what makes a state’s labor force more or less likely to work longer weeks and get higher pay.
His result: Education seems to play a big role in how long a state’s average resident works, and for what wage.
Since 2007, Americans have suffered through the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. Florida is among a growing number of researchers who think that these are signs that the United States is becoming a nation of renters, and that the shift could be good for our pocketbooks, the economy and even our happiness.
Why are Americans becoming less nomadic? Greater labor mobility helps the economy, but are there other kinds of effects — negative or positive — related to a more rooted population? Is there an upside to more Americans staying closer to their hometowns?
Florida predicts the current Great Recession, like its predecessor international economic crises, “will accelerate the rise and fall of specific places within the U.S. — and reverse the fortunes of other cities and regions”. This may not bode well for the Capital Region.
Richard Florida, the author of the book “The Rise of the Creative Class,” has written an article in The Atlantic titled “How the Crash Will Reshape America” which makes several points that are particularly relevant to the Greater Rockford region.
WSJ asks Richard Florida and five other experts which 10 cities will emerge as the hottest, hippest destinations for highly mobile, educated workers in their 20s when the U.S. economy gets moving again.
Richard Florida ranked 24 out of 100 best twitter feeds for business students, posting links to economic stories that impact everyone’s lives such as unemployment, personal bankruptcy, and spending.
For a daily stream of business tips, life lessons, personal finance help, tech tips, and more, check out these incredibly insightful Tweeters, among them Richard Florida
Richard Florida argues that the more “gay-friendly” a city is, the more economically prosperous it will be.
Bullet-train idea is back, as it is throughout the rest of the country, thanks to $13 billion for high-speed rail (HSR) that was tucked into President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package.
The Tampa Bay area has morphed from an overpriced housing market (in a region of modest wages) to a very affordable place for young people to get their own place to live.
Richard Florida’s article in the Atlantic entitled, “How The Crash Will Reshape America” on why New York will remain as the world’s financial capital and why, despite the projected growth of Asia’s economies, we should not expect Shanghai, Hong Kong, or anywhere else to usurp it. At least not for an exceedingly long time.
Toronto’s economic development committee invited Prof. Florida, an American academic and author now at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, to enlighten on the way out of the current global financial crisis. Richard Florida went to Toronto city hall to tell councillors that improving the lot of service-sector workers is key to the city’s prosperity.
The opportunities that have the best long-term prospects are not warehouses in the middle of nowhere, but a dense, healthy downtown that mixes uses, welcomes artists, leverages the university and college, and brings creative people together to solve problems. Can this become Hamilton?
Richard Florida writing for the Atlantic thinks high speed rail development is key to economic recovery. He says economic recovery will come through “a new period of geographic expansion – or what geographers term a ‘new spatial fix.'”
According to the cover story in the March edition of The Atlantic, renting benefits the economy. The article, written by Richard Florida, says that renters aren’t tied down to one location, so they’re freer to move from town to town as emerging industries and new jobs dictate. The also don’t have the long-term burden of a mortgage.
Michigan, the national leader in recession, depends on an auto industry that will never be as big as it was. So how does the Detroit area diversify? Who’s hiring, or investing in something new? Morning Edition reports on Detroit’s desperate race to replace the jobs that the automakers eliminate.
Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, says Canadian cities need to “stop being so humble” and see themselves as global models of exactly the sort of livable communities the U.S. desperately needs.
Richard Florida, the urban theorist and author of the seminal book, The Rise of the Creative Class, is talking about a fundamental “reset” in the North American economy as a consequence of the crash.
Montreal needs to get busy if it is to carve out a place for itself in this new economic order. It has a lot going for it: A vibrant inner city, a deep talent pool of “knowledge” workers, a diverse population and creativity to burn. Its problem is just that Toronto has even more of these things.
Richard Florida is talking about a fundamental “reset” in the North American economy as a consequence of the crash.
Richard Florida, author of “The Rise of the Creative Class,” has always had nice things to say about Madison, Wisconsin. Florida has long argued that communities which offer a stimulating working environment for creative people will thrive in the 21st century. This includes towns that embrace the arts, pop music, gay people and ethnic food.
The shakeout in global banking has untethered more than a quarter of a million people, most of them in New York and London, who thought they were in secure, well-paying jobs.
In Richard Florida’s recent piece for the Atlantic, “How the Crash Will Reshape America,” he foresees a more concentrated population centered around cities, leading to the further expansion of mega-regions – systems of multiple cities and their surrounding suburbs – based on their ability to offer higher paying jobs and attract the best talent.
“The Suburbs Lose, The Sun Belt Fades, San Francisco Wins: How the Crash Will Reshape America.”
In this month’s Atlantic Monthly, Richard Florida’s piece “How the Crash Will Reshape America” argues that while New York City will be hobbled by the global financial melt-down, it will be in a better position than many other financial centers. A look at Denver’s position and the Create Denver Expo which provided workshops and seminars for local artists interested in learning more about the business, legal and marketing aspects of the creative industries and to meet others in their community exploring the same challenges.
When “creative class” economics guru Richard Florida spoke to the Star Tribune, he had one suggestion for how to boost Minneapolis through the recession: a high-speed train to Chicago.
In the current issue of The Atlantic, Florida examines the fates of U.S. cities such as Las Vegas in the post-recession era in an article titled “How the Crash Will Reshape America.”
As Minnesota struggles to weather the recession, how well its leaders protect the state’s most valuable assets — and position the region for growth — will determine its place in a reshaped American economy. Florida says Minneapolis-St. Paul “will still be standing” in 2030.
In March’s The Atlantic article, Florida argues that the suburbs present as much of a challenge for revitalization as the cities they surround.
In The Atlantic’s cover story entitled How the Crash Will Reshape America, Florida analyzes the changes, by geographic region, that he believes will come as a result of the current recession. Specifically, he predicts that certain cities and urban regions in the US will suffer a “body blow” from which they may never fully recover, while others will emerge stronger and more strategically relevant than before.
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.
Florida evaluates the current financial crisis in the context of previous convulsive shifts in the development of capitalism in the U.S., starting with the late 19th century–the original Great Depression. He argues that different phases in capitalist development engender and are enabled by specific geographies.
This economic crisis is the perfect opportunity for us to get real about how our way of life is changing. But it seems there are many desperately clutching to the past.
In these tough economic times, it is sometimes hard to think of a silver lining. But Richard Florida – the man who coined the term “the creative class” – proposes an interesting one: that what is bad for financial services businesses may be good for artists and psychiatrists.
There’s growing consensus this economic downturn is not only longer, deeper and nastier. It’s becoming clear this recession may prove transforming, potentially changing us personally, regionally, nationally — even globally — in fundamental ways.Once we emerge from this financial firestorm, the Tampa Bay area will have changed. And if it has not, maybe it should.
With unemployment climbing, tax collections plummeting, the real-estate market frozen and the population waning, Florida legislators convene the spring session at a pivotal moment.
In The Atlantic, economist Richard Florida takes a long view of the world economy. He says that long depressions are opportunities for the economy to reset itself. During these hard times, large numbers of people change their economic lives, taking the country into a new economic era.
This month’s Atlantic cover story posits that L.A. is one of the relatively few American places ideally situated to rise from the ashes of the recession. That’s because L.A. is a high metabolism big city with a strong creative base, urban theorist Richard Florida argues.
Lately some have been advocating that the government stop subsidizing home ownership, arguing that it locks people to a place, and when the economy goes sour people need the flexibility to go where the jobs are.
Pauline Armbrust’s interview with Richard Florida on the creative class.
At a conference in Pamplona, Spain, Richard Florida made it clear to ScienceGuide correspondent Roy van Dalm that countries pumping unlimited funds to prevent companies from going under doesn’t really get his approval.
Richard Florida, in The Atlantic Monthly article argues that the key to recovery from the housing bubble and financial crash is to remove homeownership “from its long-privileged place at the center of the U.S. economy.”
Richard Koman suggests we are at an inflection point where we either withdraw into ourselves and exacerbate a deep depression or infuse society and the economy with the technology paradigms that should mark Western society in the 21st century.
Richard Florida’s thought provoking and revolutionary ideas about the future of housing and economic development.
Toronto is one of four cities touted as a potentially strengthened survivor of the current financial crisis – along with New York, Chicago and San Francisco in March’s issue of The Atlantic.
Amid the global recession, some are predicting the decline of Las Vegas.The most serious-minded articulation of this viewpoint comes from renowned urban studies professor Richard Florida, who wrote the cover story, “How the Crash Will Reshape America,” in the March issue of The Atlantic magazine.
Blaska’s take on the current financial crisis with reference to Richard Florida and March’s issue of the Atlantic-At critical moments, Americans have always looked forward, not back, and surprised the world with our resilience. Can we do it again? [The Atlantic: How the Crash Will Reshape America]
In March’s issue of The Atlantic, Richard Florida looks at the potential ramifications of the current economic crisis on our country’s urban landscape and wonders what changes will be brought about.
With its March 2009 issue, The Atlantic is targeting metro areas with separate covers specifically tailored to their newsstands. The issue features a cover story by urban studies Richard Florida, best known for his work about the “creative class.” The story is titled, “How the Crash Will Reshape America,” and while it points to declines in the suburbs and the Sun Belt, it also reports good news about certain metro areas.
Might the crisis roiling the economy reshape the American landscape? Is it a turning point in the country’s social geography? As the economy mends and growth begins anew, what cities or regions will be best-suited to take advantage of the change? Urban theorist Richard Florida has some interesting thoughts on those questions in a major piece in The Atlantic, and his answers are encouraging for Portland and the Northwest.
In Richard Florida’s recent The Atlantic essay, he proposes that what is bad for financial services firms may be good for artists and psychiatrists.
Richard Florida’s piece in The Atlantic, “How the Crash Will Reshape America” suggests that the current economic crisis has the potential to remake the country’s economic geography in the same way that the crash of 1873 and the Great Depression did.
Richard Florida writes a cover story for the March issue of The Atlantic called, “How the Crash Will Reshape America.” His theory is that the recession will accelerate the rise and fall of specific places within the United States, speeding up the fates of some cities and reversing the fortunes of others. Interestingly, he lumps Portland and Seattle with the cities that will fare better than most.
Florida, who is a scholar and the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, has become semi-famous in recent years for arguing that the U.S. economy is now based on the development and exchange of ideas, and that the best places for that to happen are those that attract and coddle creative, educated people. Places, in other words, like New York.
Florida’s Atlantic piece devotes special attention to New York.
Excerpts from Richard Florida’s article in The Atlantic, “How the Crash Will Reshape America”.
Richard Florida has a piece out in the new Atlantic that asks “How The Crash Will Reshape America.” This article shares what Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and admirer of so many things Portland, has to say about where the city fits in a post-crash America.
Richard Florida’s cover story in the Atlantic is on how the recession will change the geography of America. The winners? “Mega-regions, systems of multiple cities and their surrounding suburban rings like the Boston–New York–Washington Corridor”.
Florida the urban theorist is making the case in this month’s Atlantic cover story “How the Crash Will Reshape America,” that success will depend on America becoming less like Florida the state, and more like Europe: fewer homeowners, smaller homes, more renters, denser cities, fewer cars. T
The crash of 2008 continues to reverberate loudly nationwide—destroying jobs, bankrupting businesses, and displacing homeowners. But already, it has damaged some places much more severely than others. On the other side of the crisis, America’s economic landscape will look very different than it does today. What fate will the coming years hold for New York, Charlotte, Detroit, Las Vegas? Will the suburbs be ineffably changed? Which cities and regions can come back strong? And which will never come back at all?
Interview with Conor Clarke, urban theorist Richard Florida explains why recession is the mother of invention. Which cities will rise and fall with investment banks and the housing market? Which regions will thrive, and which will start to look like latter-day Dust Bowls?
Toronto-based urban theorist Richard Florida believes Ontario’s economy is at a turning point. He was asked by Premier Dalton McGuinty to map a path to long-term economic success.
Memphis, TN had a new kind of blues. Despite its rich history and amenities, and strong economic engines such as the FedEx headquarters, the city was losing annual job earnings, mainly because it could not hold on to young, bright talent. The 2000 census showed that Memphis’ population grew by 6,000 since 1995, but its net income had dropped by $90 million.
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.
Marshall Feldman and Richard Florida, Book Chapter in Government and Housing: Developments in Seven Countries. Urban Affairs Annual Reviews no. 36 by Willem van Vliet and Jan van Weesep (editors) – 1990
By Robert Burchell, James Carr, Richard Florida, and James Nemeth, Center for Urban Policy Research – 1984
By Richard Florida and Gary Gates, Brookings Institution, Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy – June 2001
Richard Florida, Derek Davison, and Matthew Cline, Report to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection – June 1999
By Richard Florida and Mark Samber, The New Industrial Geography: Regions, Regulation and Institutions – Jan 1999
By Richard Florida, book chapter in Industrializing Knowledge, Lewis Branscomb and Furnio Kodama (editors), MIT Press – Feb 1999
By Richard Florida and Tracy Gordon, A Report prepared for the Environmental City Network and Sustainable Pittsburgh – Jan 1999
By Richard Florida, A report prepared for the Regional Plan Association and the Civic Alliance – April 2002
By Meric S. Gertler, Richard Florida, Gary Gates, Tara Vinodrai – A report prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity, and Innovation and the Institute for Competitiveness and Creativity – Nov 2002
By Maryann P. Feldman and Richard Florida, Annals of the Association of American Geographers – June 1994