Richard Florida

Where the Heavy Metal Bands Are

Why do most heavy metal bands hail from Scandinavia and Northern Europe?

America's Most Important Airport Cities

Airports are a central component in urban and regional economic development.

What Twitter Means to Detroit

It may only be a small office, but the deal is a high profile win for entrepreneur Dan Gilbert.

America's Urban-Rural Work Divide

Where we live dictates an awful lot about the type of work available to us.

The End of Sprawl?

U.S. census data released today shows a decline in exurban populations.

Where Housing Is Making a Comeback

There are signs that the U.S. housing market is finally bouncing off its bottom.

The Enduring Effect of Neighborhoods

Harvard sociologist Robert J. Sampson on his new book, Great American City.

Which Cities Have the Most Global Clout?

New York and London top the list in a new ranking of 66 cities around the world. 

The Spiky World of Innovation

Metro areas generate 93 percent of the world’s patented inventions.

Why China Lags on Innovation and Creativity

The world's most populous nation is an industrial powerhouse, but it has not yet transitioned to a knowledge-based economy.

Why Some Cities Lose When Others Win

How globalization is reshaping the hierarchy of the world's cities.

The Real Boundaries of the Bible Belt

Perhaps its time to start referring to a 'religiosity belt,' instead.

Which Metros Are Recovering Fastest

The economic recovery remains uneven according to a Brookings Metro Monitor report released today.

Why Twitter Chose Berlin

The city's affordability and edgy culture is helping turn it into a world-class high-tech center.

Americans Who Actually Make Things

A look at the 8.2 million Americans who work in manufacturing of all sorts.

Where the Green Jobs Are

Some 3.1 million people are employed in "green goods and services" jobs, but state patterns vary considerably.

The Secret to Seattle's Booming Downtown

The recession didn't skip Seattle, but the city stuck by its downtown and reaped the rewards.

How the Rise of the Developing World Will Help Americans

In his new book, Philip Auerswald argues the economic crisis will eventually give way to unparalleled global growth.

America's Uninsured Belt

The geography of where in the U.S. people lack health insurance is striking.