Richard Florida
Richard Florida is the co-founder and editor at large of CityLab and a senior editor at The Atlantic. He is the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and a professor of global research at New York University. More +
  • Obama's Cross-Class Coalition

    Andrew notes the real (positive) trend in the president's approval ratings. And Chris Bowers speculates, given recent (and ongoing) demographic shifts, that even Michael Dukakis would have won the 2008 election. Demographic shifts do seem to be on the Democrats' side.

  • Bloggers and Personality

    Jon Rauch draws a connection between introverts and bloggers (via Andrew Sullivan). So I asked Cambridge personality psychologist, Jason Rentfrow about it. Rentfrow commented and sent along a link to a study on bloggers and personality.

  • America's Most Resilient Cities

    My MPI colleague Kevin Stolarick lists the nation's most economically "resilient" cities over at Kiplinger's. His rankings are based on: current employment trends, historical employment, and unemployment performance; how the region did when national unemployment increased; the share of professional, knowledge, and creative jobs; and cost of living.

  • Unequal America

    Here's a map of the human development of U.S. counties based on factors like income, education, literacy, and heath (via (Map Scroll). There's been some concern about the utility of such combined indexes, still this map provides a powerful visualization America's enormous social, economic, and geographic divide.

  • The Nashville Effect, Ctd.

  • Work/ Life

  • Taking Back the Streets

  • Housing: Back to 2000

    Felix Salmon says there's no end in sight for the housing bust, pointing to the latest edition of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Housing prices are off 36 percent since their 2006 peak. Housing prices have fallen back to 2002 levels in nominal terms but, as Business Week's Prashant Ghopal notes, they've plunged to 2000 levels when adjusted for inflation. Calculated Risk (with great graphics as usual) predicts another 10-20 percent drop,

  • How the Crisis Will Reshape the World's Cities

    Michael Lind argues New York and London are in for the biggest fall: "New York, London, and other financial centers were heavily dependent on financial-sector profits. Throw in the technology-driven collapse of the publishing and broadcast industries headquartered in such places, and those cities are likely to suffer devastating blows." But not so fast...

  • America's Urban Dilemma

  • Contradictions of Reaganism

  • Math of Global Cities

  • Remembering All Who Served

  • People and Places

    The Next American City's Josh Leon reacts to my March Atlantic essay on cities and the crisis.

  • Decline of Blue-Collar Man, Ctd

    A blogger says the issue is more class than gender. His point hit home with me.

  • Decline of the Blue-Collar Man

  • Political Geography of Carbon

    This map from a new NBER study by UCLA economist Matthew Kahn and Michael Cragg of the Brattle Group (using data from Purdue's Vulcan project) shows the geography of carbon emissions by U.S. states. The study finds carbon emissions are more concentrated in poorer more conservative locations, posing significant political obstacles for policy to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

  • State of Denial

    A real estate "frenzy" is apparently developing there, the NYT reports, as bottom feeders gobble up mass foreclosures.

  • Bubble Cities

    Historically, housing prices have been about three times income, but by 2006 housing prices had soared to a high more than five times incomes. In Irvine, California, the housing price-to-income ratio soared to 8.6 by 2006. This map charts the housing-to-wage ratios for U.S. metropolitan areas in 2006, the height of the bubble. It differs from the more commonly used housing price-to-income ratio.

  • The Rise of Anti-Urbanism