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.
  • Replicating the High Line

    Crosscut argues that it's time for Seattle and other cities to learn from NYC's example and start turning old elevate structures into parks and other good uses (pointer via Planetizen).

  • Coffee Bike

    More photos of "kitchens to go" over at Metropolis.

  • Recovery? Not Yet

    While the business press points to May's slowdown in the pace of layoffs as an early sign of recovery, Harvard economist Jeffrey Frankel says not so…

  • Where (Harvard) Grads Are Heading

    Tracking the career and location decisions of graduating college students provides interesting clues about America's evolving economic landscape. New…

  • Startups Are Spiky

    Paul Graham speculates that startups may herald a new era of political economy. He notes that startups are highly clustered in certain cities. And he's concerned about what this means for society. The spiky nature of our era - evident in everything from startup clustering to rising economic and geographic inequality - is among the most critical questions for national and international policy makers over the coming decades.

  • You Are Where You Eat

    A reader writes: "Another issue that is starting to arise outside of your writing is the future of food production. I would like you to consider how your view of future urban areas would interact with increasing commodity prices for basic food stuffs." I asked Betsy Donald, a geographer at Queens University who has done extensive research on the creative food economy, about this.

  • Headquarters' Cities

    Corporate headquarters are both heavily concentrated in and very specialized by region, according to a new analysis by Scott Pennington of the Martin Prosperity Institute. Eighty-five percent of the headquarters of the largest companies in the U.S. and Canada are concentrated in a dozen or so mega-regions.

  • Communities for Healthy Kids

    A new study in the medical journal Pediatrics (h/t Planetizen) finds that community and the built environment - everything from walkable streets to…

  • Not So Good News

    Green chutes optimism is misplaced. The economic crisis continues to deepen at a pace that is on par with or worse than that of the Great Depression,…

  • Homo Urbanus

    Jane Jacobs long ago argued that cities are the cradles of civilization and of economic development and that density and human interaction hold the…

  • 16.4%

    That's the overall rate of unemployment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' newly released U-6 measure which includes "marginally attached…

  • Unemployment's Geography

    The unemployment rate surged to 9.4 percent today. But unemployment continues to fall heavily on certain demographic and class groups and in certain…

  • More Crisis Geography

    The economic crisis continues to reshape our economic geography. Job losses at restructured automakers GM and Chrysler have been highly concentrated in older Rustbelt centers as this NYT map shows.

  • The Next Silicon Valley Is ...

    Silicon Valley, according to a new Milken Institute report on North America's high-tech regions. But Seattle, Cambridge, and D.C. are among the…

  • The Next Brain Drain

    Manpower CEO, Jeff Joerres talks to the Financial Times about the crisis and the possibility of a new brain drain in the U.S. and Europe.

  • 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.

    My colleague Dan Silver crunches the numbers and finds that while Nashville may be at the top of the commercial music pyramid, it lags on genre…


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.


Is Minneapolis the Best City in America?

No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well.



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