Richard Florida

Rustbelt Baseball Fans: A Little Less Miserable?

Three Midwestern MLB teams with modest payrolls outlasted everyone else this year

Why Walkable Cities Aren't Always the Ones You'd Think

Factors like bad weather and long commutes don't make a place less walkable

Greater Competitiveness Does Not Have to Mean Greater Inequality

Turns out the U.S. is an outlier when it comes to creative paths to prosperity

The Creative Class Is Alive

A brief rebuttal to Scott Timberg's recent essay

The Global Creativity Index

The U.S. stacks up better in this updated measure of the competitiveness of countries

The World's Leading Creative Class Countries

The U.S. has fallen far behind in this key measure of human capital

Why I Love My City: Mera Rubell on Miami

The art collector discusses why she's so passionate about Miami, and which city is the best place to live for artists

The World’s Leading Nations for Innovation and Technology

The U.S. is still largely competing with Europe, not China

For the Unemployed, Geography Can Be Destiny

Not every place and every citizen has been affected by the recession the same way

America's Great Dental Divide

How often you go to the dentist can predict not just income, but social class, political orientation, even what part of the country you live in

'Moneyball,' Oakland, and the Engineering of Victory

Is there a reason Billy Beane's story took place in the Bay Area?

Toronto's Waterfront Moment

How the citizens of Toronto successfully stopped an unpopular redevelopment plan

America's 20 Most Economically Vibrant College Towns

With better jobs markets and high levels of state funding, these U.S. cities offer a lot more than just a place to go to school

The Metro-covery and the Limits of Growth Without Growth

Productivity, not population, is the key metric

The Long Road to Recovery

We're going to need to shift to a whole new way of life before we see lasting economic change

The Geography of Obama’s Tanking Approval Ratings

The president’s stated goal of uniting the country may be a lost cause

Rise of the Social City

Excerpts from the cutting room floor of my latest magazine feature

Why Cities Matter

It’s time to take the livability, sustainability, and prosperity of our urban areas more seriously

The 25 Most Economically Powerful Cities in the World

Most of the world's capacity for economic growth is centered in its metro areas. Which cities top the list?