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.
  • The Nano Apartment

    Tata - the Indian mega-conglomerate that launched the $2,000 car - has created a housing division which is building new apartments ranging from $7,800-$13,400 dollars outside Mumbai (pointer via Planetizen). Business Week's Prashant Gopal explains.

  • Making More Hong Kongs

    New growth theorist Paul Romer is into city-states. He sees them as a mechanism for accelerating Third World development and lifting rural…

  • Class and Innovation

    Yesterday, we looked at the effects of class on economic growth. Today, we turn to the relationship between class and innovation. It's a…

  • Why Democracy?

    Where does democracy come from? What are the social, demographic, and economic factors that shape the onset of democracy in a country and its…

  • Crisis and Creativity

    The New York Times asks artists how the recession is affecting their lives and work (h/t: Alison Kemper).

  • The Very Uneven States of America

    Over at Economix, Catherine Rampell points to this map from MapScroll which recreates the UN Human Development Index for U.S. states.

  • Lifestyle Liquidation

    Robert Frank notes some belt-tightening over at Richistan. "Fire-sale auctions of mansions, yachts, sports cars and other trappings of wealth have…

  • Realpolitik of Openness and Tolerance

    Stephen Walt spells out the advantages of tolerance, openness, and cosmopolitanism from the realist respective [thanks to Jon Rauch for the pointer). He goes to great pains to point out that he is talking about cosmopolitan openness not just ethnic assimilation.

  • Where the (Smart) Girls Are

    Young girls are creaming the boys in science, up north in Canada. Five years ago, boys made up 55 percent of the competitors at the annual…

  • Town, Gown, and Unemployment

    It's clear that the economic crisis is having uneven impacts on different types of workers and different kinds of communities. Highly educated people and highly educated places are holding up much better than others. But among the most stable places in the current downturn are college towns.

  • Children of the Crisis

    The 2009 Child Well-Being Index examines the impact of the economic crisis on America's children.

  • Class and the Wealth of Nations

    Living through the current economic downturn, none of us take economic prosperity for granted anymore. We're aware now, more than ever, of how…

  • Mobile and Creative

    Patrick points to the Economist's synopsis of this new study of the relationship between living abroad and creativity. Creative people are curious by…

  • Falling Further

    Housing starts dipped to record lows in April. Just 357,000 single family homes were started last month, while total starts feel to 458,000 - an all-time record low. Calculated Risk charts the trend.

  • Stimulus Map

    Here is a great interactive map of how stimulus dollars are being spent across the country. Lots of road construction and bridges are on the agenda. Click on the map for more details - you can mouse over the various cities and also drag 'n' drop to view by state.

  • Boom/Bust

    Mark Thoma points to San Francisco Fed research on the lasting effects of the past decade's run-up in consumer debt and current "deleveraging" on the U.S. economy and American consumers.

  • Globalization and Cities

    Ed Glaeser asks: "If the world is so flat, then why are cities growing so quickly, especially in the third world?" He explains:In the developing…

  • Bottom Bounce

    Is the Phoenix housing market starting to turn the corner? The LA Times thinks so (pointer via Planetizen): Phoenix's housing bust has turned into a…

  • Chang's Way

    While many restaurants and restaurant chains are getting killed by the economic downturn, P.F. Chang's is up, up, up according to Slate's Dan Gross: "P.F. Chang's China Bistro, whose two restaurant chains--P.F. Chang's and Pei Wei Asian Diner--are staples of upscale malls and mixed-use developments, said that same-store sales fell a bit but profits produced at its 350 outlets rose 38 percent from the first quarter of 2008. Operating margins--the holy grail of any business--at P.F. Chang's 190 stores rose from 12.8 percent to 14 percent, largely because of 'incremental operational improvement opportunities.' The stock has doubled since November."

  • Recession Comes to the Professionals

    Business Week's Michael Mandel crunches the numbers and turns up some disturbing results. While recession has hit hardest at blue-collar workers, it…


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