Richard Florida

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Metro Job Recovery Remains a Long Way Off

A new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors predicts when U.S. metros will return to pre-crisis job levels


How Stuck Are America's Homeowners, Really?

Two studies come to very different conclusions


The Where and Why of Coachella 2012

A look at where popular music's next superstars are likely to hail from based on the California festival's lineup


How Economic Development Helps the World's Women

Understanding the connection between women's opportunity and the world's development patterns


The Geography of Women's Economic Opportunity

Mapping the treatment and opportunities afforded to women around the world


Which Countries Pay Blue Collar Workers the Most?

Manufacturing compensation is closely related to productivity, global economic competitiveness and overall human development


State of the Day: Wisconsin

The state offers a lesson for how smaller cities and metros can still compete in the globalized marketplace

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Why Some Cities Are Healthier Than Others

Happiness, form of commute and money all play a role

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America's Healthiest Metros

In the spirit of the New Year, a look at how U.S. cities stack up on measures like obesity and smoking


Iowa Voters and the Economy

Caucus-goers say the economy is their top concern, but their state is doing much better than others

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How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers?

The city holds several advantages for creative types, despite its high cost of living


Why Size Matters in Pro Sports Victories

When it comes to winning championships, big cities have some natural assets. But smaller areas can leverage their own advantages too


More on What’s Left Over After Paying for Housing – Income Edition

Which cities come out on top when we look at a broader definition of wealth


Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships


The Geography of the Year in Music

The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list


The U.S. Cities With the Most Leftover to Spend ... After Paying for Housing

The differences across metro areas are considerable


The U.S. Metros That Can Most Afford to Buy Gifts This Year

Unsurprisingly, 15 of the top 20 most economically advantaged metros are located on the East and West Coasts

The World's Housing Bubble

New data from the IMF suggests that many countries may be on their way to their own housing crises


The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities

There are few better drivers of economic competitiveness