Richard Florida

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Resetting and Reimagining New York City's Economy

The city came roaring back after the recession, but its divides also deepened.

The World’s Leading Startup Cities

Challengers to Silicon Valley include New York, L.A., Boston, Tel Aviv, and London.


Mass Transit Doesn't Cause Gentrification

A new study of New York City finds that incomes do go up with subway access, but there are other crucial factors at play.


Where and Why Walking or Biking to Work Makes a Difference

An active commute matters, wherever you live.

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What Can You Buy for the Price of One SoHo Apartment?

Sixty-eight homes, in some Detroit neighborhoods.

Martin Prosperity Institute

Mapping the Connections Between Cities, Inequality, and Creative Economies

Some of the world’s most powerful creative economies are doing economic development wrong. It doesn’t need to be that way.

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How Much Are You Willing to Pay to Live in America’s Best Neighborhoods?

A new, expansive index measures and maps the quality of life for 2,000 U.S. neighborhoods.

A Global Geography of Peace (and Violence)

Will rapid urbanization in developing nations make their cities more violent?

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Mapping Where American Workers Spend the Most on Housing

It would take service workers in San Jose 20 years to save up for a home.

Measure of America

Mapping Where America Is Failing Its Youth

A new report finds that more than one in eight of the nation’s young people are neither employed nor in school.

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The Problem of Urbanization Without Economic Growth

Throughout history, the two have not always gone hand-in-hand. And they may not in the future.


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.

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Why Groceries Cost Less in Big Cities

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

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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.

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Tolerance and Intolerance in the City

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.