Richard Florida

The Narrow Geography of the Grammy Awards

Half of the nods for this year's biggest awards went to artists living in L.A., New York, or Nashville.

The Amazing Endurance of Slums

Despite major advances, the world's slum population will likely double to 2 billion by 2050.

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

How globalization has changed the nature of urban development.

Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World

They can act as economic engines for entire countries.

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.