Richard Florida

How to Build a Productive Tech Economy

There's no simple solution to encouraging local innovation.

Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

Whether you're physically fit can depend on where you live.

Why Cities Can't Win in State Government

Big-city delegates have a tough time getting their way in state legislatures.

2013's Best Performing American Cities

New rankings from the Milken Institute show just how diverse our tech economy has become.

Why Some Communities Foster More Entrepreneurs Than Others

Self-employment is a riskier bargain in places with weak social ties.

The Case for a Local Minimum Wage

Given the differences in housing and living costs across U.S. metros, a single national rate makes little sense.

Why It's Harder to Move Up in America's Segregated Cities

The pernicious, lifelong effects of concentrated wealth and concentrated poverty.

Why Bill de Blasio's Tax Hike Won't Cause the Wealthy to Flee New York

Don't listen to conservative arguments that higher taxes will scare off the city's elite.

The Suburbs Are the New Swing States

Metropolitan political divides have replaced the old red-state/blue-state cleavage.

Where 'Eds and Meds' Industries Could Become a Liability

If U.S. health care and education starts to cluster, some metro areas will lose.

The Gentrification Puzzle

Why does this phenomenon affect some cities much more than others?

The Paradox of Diverse Communities

It turns out the most cohesive neighborhoods are almost never the most diverse ones. But does that mean we shouldn't fight against self-segregation?

America's Federal Employment Belt

How the federal government shapes job markets beyond D.C. – in Honolulu, Virginia Beach, and across the Sunbelt.

America's Biggest City Governments Are Still Struggling to Recover From the Recession

Revenues in more than two-thirds of the country's largest municipal governments had not bounced back to their pre-recession levels by 2011.

Why It's So Incredibly Difficult to Fight Urban Inequality

The most successful programs require huge cash investments and federal assistance — tough to come by in these troubled times.

Class-Divided Cities: London Edition

There are deep divisions in one of the world's most powerful global cities.

The Truth About D.C.'s Growing Knowledge-Based Economy

The federal government plays a major role, but it is not the single largest industry in the region.

The Remarkable Global Diversity of the NBA

A team-by-team look at how professional basketball has become more than just an American sport.

Deconstructing Drake's Toronto-Themed Birthday Cake

More proof the rapper takes his self-appointed role as a Toronto booster seriously, in the form of baked goods.