Richard Florida

Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at NYU. More

Florida is author of The Rise of the Creative Class, Who's Your City?, and The Great Reset. He's also the founder of the Creative Class Group, and a list of his current clients can be found here.
  • Innovation and Economic Crises

    Overall, the trend in patenting is up - both in absolute numbers and controlling for population. Innovation has increased over the past decade, but not at the breakneck pace of the 1980s and 1990s. There have been two dips in patenting over the past decade - the first in the wake of the tech crisis of 2001 and the second, more recently, concurrent with the onset of the housing and financial bubbles and the subsequent economic crisis.

  • The New Geography of American Innovation

    The past couple of days, I've looked at the trends in overall patents and nationality of inventor. Today I turn to the regional distribution of…

  • Map of the Day

    Here's a map of job postings by metro area (h/t: Steven Pedigo). The map controls for population. D.C. has the most openings and Baltimore is second. San Jose, Austin, Hartford, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Boston, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and San Francisco all are doing reasonably well, relatively speaking.

  • Global Sources of American Innovation

    Yesterday, we looked at overall trends in U.S. innovation measured by patents. Today, we break out U.S. patents between U.S.-resident and…

  • What's Happening to American Innovation?

    As we saw yesterday, Michael Mandel argues that commercial innovation in the U.S. has slowed in recent years. To shed light on this, my team and I tracked U.S. patent data for the past decade - and for the entire 20th century.

  • Innovation Interrupted?

    In a widely read cover story published earlier this month, Business Week's chief economist Michael Mandel asks, "To what degree has American innovation been 'interrupted'?" Mandel argues that the economic crisis is partly the result of America's failure to generate high-impact commercial innovations: "What if, outside of a few high-profile areas, the past decade has seen far too few commercial innovations that can transform lives and move the economy forward? What if, rather than being an era of rapid innovation, this has been an era of innovation interrupted?"

  • Prius Effect

    Why do people buy green products? A new study (h/t: Charlotta Mellander) finds that green purchases are less about energy savings or cost savings and…

  • Global Gridlock

    Most people think the biggest threat to globalization is mounting economic nationalism and trade protectionism. That may well be true. But in a thoughtful and provocative article in the Harvard Business Review, George Stalk argues that globalization faces another threat - a looming infrastructure crisis that is creating huge bottlenecks in the flow of global products and services.

  • The End of Celebrity?

    In the wake of Michael Jackson's death, there's been no shortage of predictions about how his passing represents the end of the "age of celebrity."

  • The Nashville Effect, cont'd

    Nashville may be the center of the recorded music industry and, while it has attracted scads of musicians over the past several decades, it remains a…

  • You Get What You Pay For

    Even with the bursting of the housing bubble, it still costs a whole lot more to live in some places than others. New York City, Washington, D.C.,…

  • Worsening Unemployment

    The new unemployment figures were released yesterday. The news isn't good. My fellow Atlantic correspondent, Conor Clarke, has already put the new…

  • Homeownership's Downsides

    One consequence of the economic crisis is that the rate of home ownership has been slipping, as the chart below shows (via Calculated Risk).…

  • Do You Want to Know a Secret?

    Were you - like me - ever amazed at how so many people could afford bigger and bigger homes, New England beach houses and Florida condos,…

  • The Reshaping of America, cont'd

    The economic crisis appears to be causing a slight but noticeable shift from the suburbs to the cities, according to an analysis of recent Census…

  • How the Crash Continues to Reshape America

    Writing in this magazine, I argued that the economic crisis was reshaping America's economic geography, with big city centers and mega-region hubs…

  • It's All about the Bike

    Bikes have replaced cars as the preferred mode of transportation in Amsterdam, according to a new study (reported in the Oregonian via…

  • SellaBand

    Dutch start-up SellaBand has built a platform that allows artists to crowd-source funding from music-lovers around the world. Established in 2006 by two Sony-BMG music executives, it provides a Bowie-bond like process for up-and-coming bands to raise $50,000 to record their album by selling ten dollar "parts" to online "believers."

  • Urban Shrinkage

    Ed Glaeser has some very sensible things to say about the shrinking cities brouhaha.. Despite the growing hype, there's not a shred of evidence that the Obama administration is considering bull-dozering anything. Glaeser says it makes a heck of a lot more sense to favor people over places. Invest in human capital and encourage people to be mobile, Glaeser contends, promise much better long-term economic payoffs than undertaking expensive and dubious strategies to try to revive dying places.

  • In-Sourcing

    Globalization skeptics have long complained about the alleged out-sourcing of good, high-paying American jobs. But even globo-optimists, like Tom…


A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book


The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"


This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.


What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.



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