Richard Florida

Martin Prosperity Institute

Does Urbanization Drive Southeast Asia's Development?

How the creative class is affecting economic growth in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

When Invisible Borders Trump the Real Ones

The economic clustering of cities often ignores the lines drawn on maps.

Carlos Osorio/AP

The High Cost of Closed Borders

Where immigrant populations live tells us a lot about how they improve the U.S. economy.

Mike Groll/AP Photo

How Do Mayors Think About Inequality?

About half of U.S. mayors say they want to combat inequality, but they are less sure about redistribution.

Population Reference Bureau

America’s Economic Distress Belt

Income inequality and poverty used to be separate phenomena in America. Today, it’s a different story: More than forty percent of U.S. counties have high rates of both.

Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Why Quality of Place Matters

Cultural amenities like parks and museums attract young talent to big cities. But how do they work for smaller cities or older people?

Charles Dharapak/AP

How Chicago Became the 'City of Spectacle'

A new book examines how Mayor Richard M. Daley transformed the city into a destination.

AP File Photo

Did Jane Jacobs Predict the Rise of Trump?

Ever prescient, her final book outlined a coming dark age—and how to get through it.

The Geography of Hate in the U.S.

Where hate groups operate now.

Evan Vucci/AP

Trumpism and America's Dual Economy

So far, the president-elect’s policy priorities appear to be setting the stage for class and racial divides to grow ever deeper.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

The Persistent Inequality of Neighborhoods

The places we’re born have a profound influence on our ability to move up the economic ladder.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

How U.S. Metro Area Votes Changed Between 2012 and 2016

Trump’s vote share increased in half of all metro areas compared to Romney.

Taylor Blake/Martin Prosperity Institute

Mapping How America's Metro Areas Voted

The geography of the 2016 election is spiky.

Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

How America's Metro Areas Voted

Large metros voted for Clinton. Everywhere else went for Trump.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Curious Case of New York's Two Economic Centers

Why Midtown and Wall Street developed both separately and parallel to each other.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

It's Still About Class and Geography

The 2016 election reinforced America’s deepest, long-held divides.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Geography of Middle Class Decline

The economic middle of the U.S. has shrunk across the country. The distinction individual metro areas must better understand is: by how much?

Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Great Rent Squeeze

America’s renters are paying more and having less money left over to generate the demand required for economic growth.