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Financial Times : Which towns and cities will be post-pandemic winners?

Richard Florida and his wife and children spent most of lockdown in their apartment on Miami Beach. When they returned home to Toronto, the city had changed. “When we left, you couldn’t get stuff readily delivered here,” he reports over Zoom. “I literally pressed the Instacart button five minutes before I connected to you . . . and [my order] will be here in half an hour.” Florida is the urban theorist who coined the term “the creative class” and spotted its takeover of the world’s city centres. He’d barely thought about pandemics before, despite being born during the great flu outbreak of 1957 —his parents never mentioned it.

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June 25, 2020
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Thomas Jefferson University: Question and Innovate with Richard Florida

Richard Florida, PhD, came to Philadelphia for an up-close and personal look at how our city’s revival is reaching a tipping point, a “new urban crisis” brought on by success. Florida, one of the world’s leading scholars and observers of cities, is university professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, a distinguished fellow at NYU, and founder of CityLab. He is author of the best sellers The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis. MIT Technology Review named him one of the world’s most influential thinkers.

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May 14, 2020
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Media Planet: Q&A with Richard Florida

Richard Florida is an author, urbanist, and the current Director of Cities at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute. We spoke with him about how Canadian cities can evolve and prepare for the future through P3s.

Mediaplanet: You founded the Creative Class Group which focuses on helping companies and regions achieve growth and prosperity. In your experience, what role can private partners play in

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November 18, 2019
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Bluedoor Magazine: All Together Now. Business, civic and cultural minds unite to bring “inclusive prosperity” to Orange Country

The Montage Laguna provided an apt backdrop for the day-long symposium, Diversity and the Creative Economy. The goal was razor focused: To discuss how inclusion and creativity can foster economic mobility and prosperity in Orange County, its stunning coastal landscape prominently displayed via 180-degree views from the luxury hotel.

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November 6, 2019
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Top Hat: How a Riot, a Rock Band and Rutgers Led to the Rise of Richard Florida

Childhood, interrupted. I was born in Newark. My dad worked at the Victory Optical factory making eyeglass frames, and we lived in the Italian district of Newark. My parents had a rental apartment overlooking Branch Brook Park. Later we moved close by to North Arlington, New Jersey, because of the Catholic school, Queen of Peace, where my brother and I went. It’s the suburb that’s featured in the opening credits of The Sopranos.

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May 5, 2019
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Mortgage Broker News: Toronto condo shortage paving the way for worse affordability

The pace at which new condos are added to Toronto’s red-hot housing market is nowhere near enough to fulfil the needs of a veritable surge of renters and would-be buyers, according to a recent report by Altus Group Ltd.

Since 2005, only around 60 purpose-built rental buildings have been erected in the market, offering a total of 11,620 new units over the 13-year period from then to the present.

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April 11, 2019
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Gecina Interview : [#Remarks by Richard Florida] Why 2018 will be the year (or not) of the “real estate tech” movement?

Interview with Bernard Michel, Chairman of Gecina French Real Estate Investment Trust. For Richard Florida, the real estate tech movement is a key part of the inclusive urban development and the future of work. But technology as « pharmakon », is also a reality that we need to consider in order to avoid falling into a dystopian scenario: the metropolisation vortex.

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February 12, 2018
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The Place Brand Observer : Interview: Richard Florida on Creative Cities and Economic Development

City brands and the making, management and communication of a city’s strongest assets in the eyes of potential residents, visitors, investors and students, has been a key occupation of economic development professionals all over the world. In this interview, Richard Florida explains why the Creative Classes are so important in achieving city strength and a competitive position.

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August 2, 2016
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The University of Toronto : Honouring our 2016 Universtiy Professors

Richard Florida named University Professor. The University of Toronto owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its eminent professors. The University recognizes unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation of University Professor. The number of such appointments does not generally exceed two per cent of the tenured faculty. Its very exclusivity stands to underline the highly prestigious nature of the University Professor designation.

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June 7, 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.

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June 3, 2016
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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.

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May 23, 2016
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Deloitte Magazine : Creativity for the new economy

For professor and journalist Richard Florida, the most restless people in the planet are building a new world. In
this new world, excessive consumption and unrestrained use of natural resources are replaced by continual
innovation. In this exclusive interview to Mundo Corporativo, he explains why creativity, innovation, and human development are crucial to keep thriving in the economy of the future.

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June 22, 2015
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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.

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June 8, 2015
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Horizons : Floridas on Miami, Florida

During your Caribbean Cruise, you may dream of living in paradise, of packing it all up and escaping to the islands. While that’s a great fantasy, the reality of trying to make a living makes it less attractive. But there’s always Miami. No, really, Miami. It’s a great place to live. Just ask Richard and Rana Florida, the power couple behind the Creative Class Group.

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November 14, 2014
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Detroiter Magazine : Turning a Corner

Last February, best-selling author and renowned “urbanist” Dr. Richard Florida took the stage at the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference, providing his analysis of Detroit’s continued comeback at MotorCity Casino Hotel. At the event, Florida stressed the importance of tackling urban development with an entrepreneurial spirit and remarked on how impressive the amount of progress made in Detroit has been.

About five months after his keynote speech, Detroit filed for bankruptcy, kicking off a nationwide discussion about the state of the city. The Detroiter caught up with Florida to discuss how bankruptcy has impacted his views of the Motor City.

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October 3, 2013
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Faena Sphere : Agents of Change

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.

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September 4, 2013
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NPR News : Are We Ready For A Massive Aging Population?

TELL ME MORE from NPR News interview with Richard Florida on the future of aging in America. By the year 2050, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. That’s according to the U.S. Census. And when we talk about getting older, most of us think about, what? Saving for retirement, Medicare, Social Security.

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August 27, 2013
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NYU : Renowned Urbanist Richard Florida Named as One of the World’s Most Influential Thinkers in a Recently Published Ranking in MIT Technology Review

NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading authorities on economic competitiveness, cultural and technological innovation, and demographic trends, was recently named among the “World’s Most Influential Thinkers” by a study published in the MIT Technology Review that ranked today’s most influential thought leaders.

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August 20, 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.

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April 17, 2013
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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.

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November 2, 2012
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The Grid : Richard Florida: Toronto enthusiast

Ten years ago, Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class turned its author into an unlikely academic rock star. Since then, the urban guru has become a Toronto resident, the head of U of T’s Martin Prosperity Institute, and an international lightning rod. He recently released a 10th-anniversary edition of the aforementioned tome. Courtney Shea catches up with Florida at one of his favorite Hogtown destinations, the Brick Works.

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July 26, 2012