Richard Florida

Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of CityLab.com 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 ClassWho'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
  • World's Best Cities?

    Mercer's annual ranking of the world's "most liveable cities" is out. Vienna took the top spot. But Swiss cities do very well with Zurich and Geneva…

  • The End of Car Culture and the New Normal

    The other day I showed Pew data on the things Americans consider necessities. I speculated that the economic crisis has brought us to an inflection…

  • More Megas and High-Speed Rail

    Seeking Alpha comments on why railroads will make us richer: "Along the northeastern corridor, there are cities that made the jump from industrial…

  • The New Normal

    The Pew Research Center recently asked a sample of Americans what they consider to be life's necessities. Here's a chart with the key results.

  • Mega-Regions and High-Speed Rail

    The Obama administration recently pledged $8 billion for high-speed rail. While just a fraction of the overall stimulus package and just a…

  • How the Crash Will Reshape America

    The crash of 2008 continues to reverberate loudly nationwide—destroying jobs, bankrupting businesses, and displacing homeowners. But already, it has damaged some places much more severely than others. On the other side of the crisis, America’s economic landscape will look very different than it does today. What fate will the coming years hold for New York, Charlotte, Detroit, Las Vegas? Will the suburbs be ineffably changed? Which cities and regions can come back strong? And which will never come back at all?

  • Where the Brains Are

    America’s educated elite is clustering in a few cities— and leaving the rest of the country behind

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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