Richard Florida

Map of the Day: Church vs. Beer

The cartographers over at Floating Sheep track tweets on both topics.

Making Cities Sing

Arts spending alone can’t stimulate economic growth. But a city’s architecture, public spaces, and artistic institutions are among its most priceless resources.

Advice to Aspirational Mega-Cities

They are our future. Here's what we need to do to make sure America's regions stay on track.

Rents Now Rising Even Faster Than Home Prices

Metros where housing is already expensive, especially in California and the Pacific Northwest, are seeing the biggest increases in average rents.

What Critics Get Wrong About the Creative Class and Economic Development

The Fall of the Creative Class? Not so fast.

The Secret to London's Tech Boom

A new report makes the case against a top-down approach to developing high-tech districts.

America’s Leading High-Tech Metros

The new geography of technology centers.

Race, Gender, and the Creative Class

The creative class has opened up new avenues of advancement for women and minorities, but its existence has failed to put an end to long-standing divisions.

The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited

A new economic and social order is a double-edged sword: it unleashes incredible energies, but it also causes tremendous hardships.

America's Melting-Pot Cities

The metros where new American citizens live now.

Homeownership Means Little to Economic Growth

The rate of homeownership has virtually no bearing on the economic development of America's cities and metros.

San Francisco's High-Tech Cost Advantage

San Francisco stacks up well these days compared with Silicon Valley.

Map of the Day: Where Seniors Are Moving

Baby Boomers over 65 are moving to the coasts.

Americans Positive About Their Local Economy

Despite deep concerns about our national finances, Americans think their cities and towns are doing all right.

What If Mayors Ruled the World?

With Washington paralyzed by political dysfunction, is it time for mayors to take over?

The Geography of Abortion

America's deepest economic and political divides are reflected in the rate of abortions across the 50 states.

The Economic Impact of Knowledge Clusters

A new study identifies 11 knowledge cluster regions throughout the U.S. and their economic impact. 

America's Brainiest Cities

Tracking metros by a new measure of "brain performance."

The Death and Life of Downtown Shopping Districts

Lessons from Miami’s bold Design District experiment.