Richard Florida

Finding Happiness in Creative Destruction

A new study finds that people living in the midst of disruptive technological change may be happier and more optimistic than you think.

Why Groceries Cost Less in Big Cities

Reversing the conventional wisdom on the cost of living in major cities like New York.

How Uber's Driverless Cars Could Make Pittsburgh America's Next Great Tech Hub

The ride-hailing giant has built a development facility there, luring away some talented Carnegie Mellon researchers.

Tolerance and Intolerance in the City

A new study tries to determine what a “tolerant” city looks like.

One Reason It's So Hard to Become a 'Creative Superstar City'

A new study finds that cities with successful “creative economies” must have robust non-creative industries, too.

The Link Between Walkable Neighborhoods and Race

African Americans are far more likely to live in the San Francisco Bay Area’s least walkable neighborhoods. Why?

The Deep Roots of America's Housing Affordability Crisis

A new analysis finds that what we see today is basically “the current manifestation of a long-run trend.”

The Urban Housing Crunch Costs the U.S. Economy About $1.6 Trillion a Year

For the first time, economists have put a price tag on restrictive urban land use policies.

What a Creative Neighborhood Looks Like

A new study shows that the areas where creative workers and scientists live and work look quite different.

The Unequal State of American Credit

A new interactive from the New York Fed shows that when it comes to community credit, some are well ahead of others.

There Are Plenty More Baltimores

In truth, Baltimore’s economy has weathered the post-industrial transition better than most.

Americans Think the Middle Class Is Shrinking

The recession appears to have convinced many that they will never escape the working class.

Rise of the Fragmented City

Does the number of governments in a given metro area really matter?

The Geography of Well-Being

A new index takes a holistic look at America's inequalities. Yes, that's plural.

America's Leading Creative Class Cities in 2015

In Cupertino, Palo Alto, and McLean, Virginia, more than three-quarters of the workforce belongs to the creative class.

The U.S. Spends Far More on Homeowner Subsidies Than It Does on Affordable Housing

The real problem with American housing policy.

Where Kids Live Now in the U.S.

Laredo, Texas, for one.

The Real Role of Land Values in the United States

Just 6 percent of U.S. land is developed. That matters when we talk about affordability.

2015's Most Walkable U.S. Cities

Miami and Detroit—yes, Detroit—make serious strides in Walk Score's newest rankings.