Richard Florida

A New Index to Measure Sprawl Gives High Marks to Los Angeles

L.A. is the least sprawling metro area in the country, according to this analysis, besting New York and San Francisco.

Where There Are More Single Men Than Women

Almost everywhere, actually—at least up until a certain age.

What Makes a Dense Urban County Vote Republican?

The biggest U.S. cities are still Democratic strongholds, but new research sheds light on why some of them aren't.

Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification

One urban planning professor has defined this as a process that occurs in discrete stages.

Advanced Industries Still Rule the U.S. Economy—But It's an Advantage That's Slipping

These high-tech sectors are also more geographically concentrated than they were a decade ago.

Never Host a Mega-Event?

In his newest book, sports economist Andrew Zimbalist explores how the Olympics, the World Cup and, yes, the Super Bowl became such bad deals for cities.

The Striking Decline in African-American Household Mobility

Over the course of the last century, black Americans went from being one of the groups most likely to move to one of the least.

The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now

The latest numbers from the Brookings Institution are a reminder that inequality has a geographic dimension.

Inequality and the Growth of Cities

As metro areas grow and prosper, inequality doesn't have to be a given.

How Your Neighborhood Affects Your Paycheck

The part of town where you live—and especially where you grew up—can profoundly affect lifetime earnings.

What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.

America's Best Performing Cities in 2014

The knowledge and energy hubs of San Francisco and Texas are among the year’s biggest economic winners.

The Connection Between Successful Cities and Inequality

New research shows that the largest U.S. cities would do well to focus on workers at the bottom of the economic ladder.

The Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic Development

Economic success may be tied to the fact that not all of your neighbors are celebrating the same winter holiday as you.

No One's Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification

A new study suggests there's a gap between how researchers think about gentrification and what journalists are telling the public.

Walkability Is Good for You

A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places.

Tech Culture and Rising Inequality: A Complex Relationship

As high-tech hubs like San Francisco become increasingly unaffordable, we need to be asking the right questions.

Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

A look at America's leading arts hubs and their roles in economic development.

An Urban Agenda Against 'Secular Stagnation'

Cities provide the mechanism for rebuilding our middle class. Can we support their responsible growth for the sake of the nation's?