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.
  • Happy (and Not So Happy) Places

    There's no shortage of lists of the world's happiest nations or of the happiest of the 50 U.S. states. The folks at the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being…

  • Imperial Over-Eat

    Paul Kennedy famously argued that imperial overstretch -- that is, devoting too much money and resources to military uses -- plays a central role in…

  • Global Movers

    New research by the Gallup Organization finds that 700 million people - 16 percent of the world's total population - would like to move to a…

  • Greening the City

    Today, we take it for granted the streets are there to move cars, and also to carry buses as well as cyclists, pedestrians, and the occasional skater…

  • The Prosperity of Nations Cont'd

    Yesterday, I posted on the new Prosperity Index that ranked Finland first, Canada seventh, and the United States ninth. Last evening, my colleague…

  • The Prosperity of Nations

    A new report on prosperity ranks Finland first and the United States ninth. Scandinavian and North European countries dominate the top spots. Canada…

  • The Larry King Effect

    Last week, the Pew Research Center recently released its report on marriage in America. Based on data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey…

  • Driving Alone - A Quick and Dirty Analysis

    Earlier this week Catherine Rampell posted this map over at Economix. It shows the percentages of workers who drove to work alone by state and is based on U.S. Census data.

  • Obama's Urban Policy

    The Obama administration is making moves on urban policy, according to the Washington Post. An urban czar has been appointed (former Bronx Borough…

  • Soul of the City

    What determines the level of attachment people have to their communities? And how do those levels of attachment and community satisfaction affect…

  • Where the Kids Are Heading

    The Wall Street Journal asked six experts to come up with lists of the "next youth magnet cities." I was one of them. The top spot was a tie - D.C.…

  • Creativity in the Country

    Creative jobs are not only a big factor in the success of urban areas, they help to power growth in rural areas too. New research by my colleagues…

  • Pittsburgh's Long Night

    Quite a scene in Pittsburgh last night in the wake of the G-20 on Forbes Avenue, in front of the Carnegie Museum, a block or two away from the…

  • ComplexCity - How Cities are like the Human Brain

    Jane Jacobs long ago showed us that cities are complex adaptive systems. Now new research by cognitive scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute…

  • What Your Playlist Says About You

    What does the music you listen to say about your personality, and what determines the kinds of music we like? Watch this video by path-breaking Cambridge University psychologist Jason Rentfrow and find out.

  • Where High Speed Rail Makes the Most Sense

    The ongoing debate over high-speed rail generates heated passions on all sides. Those opposed see high-speed rail as too costly and the U.S. as…

  • Pump My Ride

    The latest in truly alternative transport, this human-powered party machine is a converted cargo bike built by Portland, OR bike-maker Metrofiets for Hopworks Urban Brewing (h/t Joe Cortright). BikePortland provides full technical details.

  • Unemployment and the Creative Class

    The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.7 percent, the highest in some time, but the burden of unemployment is  spread unevenly across the economy.…

  • The Income Map

    The big story last week was the census report on the fall-off in Americans' incomes. The New York Times' David Leonhardt called it a "lost decade"…

  • Widening College Cost to Earnings Gap

    Business Week economist Michael Mandel has produced a terrific chart comparing college costs to the earnings of young college graduates (25- to…


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming



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