Richard Florida

Richard Florida is a co-founder and editor at large of CityLab and a senior editor at The Atlantic. He is a University Professor and Director of Cities at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

A ski resort in Colorado

The Geography of the U.S. Olympic Team

Despite the specialized nature of winter sports, Team USA in the 2018 Games hails from across the map.

Oystein Braaten celebrates with a Norwegian flag after winning the men's ski slopestyle finals.

The U.S. Is Getting Crushed in the Winter Olympics

Meanwhile, smaller nations with cold climates dominate.

A sign supporting President Trump in front of a house in Crown City, Ohio

The Geography of Trump's First-Year Job Approval

The president’s approval rating stands at a record low, but the geography of opinion reflects pre-existing cultural, educational, and economic divides.

Medics take a woman out of a grocery store where she was found unresponsive after overdosing on opioids.

The Real Cause of the Opioid Crisis

According to a new study, economic despair is not the primary factor driving abuse of opioids.

An autonomous vehicle crosses one of Pittsburgh's iconic bridges.

Bill Peduto: 'Pittsburgh Was Already a Decade Ahead'

Pittsburgh’s mayor talks about the city becoming the capital of autonomous vehicles and the challenge of including everyone in its renewal.

Yard signs for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 election season

How Trump's Tax Cuts Could Change the Electoral Map

There’s evidence of a talent shift from cities like New York and L.A. to large Sunbelt metros in red and purple states. But it will do little to ease spatial inequality.

The Los Angeles skyline looms above single-family homes.

Density's Next Frontier: The Suburbs

According to a new study, the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis—and a potential solution.

Donald Trump signs in Ottumwa, Iowa, one of the struggling communities that helped catapult Trump to victory

America's Polarization Threatens to Undo Us

More and more, the geography of the U.S. is one of winners versus losers—but the populist backlash puts our future at risk.

Pittsburgh's skyline

Can a 'New Localism' Help Cities Transcend Gridlock?

Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak talk about the model of collaborative urban leadership in their book The New Localism.

An aisle in a grocery store

It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality

A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.

Police cars outside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City

The Great Crime Decline and the Comeback of Cities

Patrick Sharkey, author of Uneasy Peace, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.

An Agenda for Inclusive Prosperity

At a time when the U.S. is cutting investments in shared public goods, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne talks about her more progressive path forward.

How to Create More and Better Jobs

A new report details strategies and lessons from the U.K.

The Urban Fitness Revolution

Fitness has become far more than just a New Year’s resolution in many American cities. Once rife with grit and nightlife, many urban neighborhoods now embrace fitness as a lifestyle.

Anti-Urban States Aren't Just Hurting Their Cities

When state leaders actively undermine the interests of urban areas, the economic damage is widespread.

The abandoned Randall Park Mall in North Randall, Ohio

The Great Retail Retrofit

The “retail apocalypse” affords a unique opportunity to turn retail stores and malls into more productive community spaces.

The Rafiq Nagar slums in Mumbai

Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better When It Comes to City Size

A pair of studies from LSE suggests that developing countries are better off with smaller cities.

A mural at a restaurant in the Mexican Town district of Detroit

How Place Shapes Our Politics

Political scientist and author Ryan Enos explains how geography can sharpen political conflicts.

Graffitti artist Anthony Arias works on a mural during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2014.

America’s Leading Art Hubs

Los Angeles has eclipsed New York City, and knowledge hubs like Austin have seen considerable growth in their numbers of working artists.

Sergey Brin and Diane von Furstenberg

Without Immigrants, the Fortune 500 Would Be the Fortune 284

Immigrants and their offspring have built a remarkable proportion of America’s most successful companies, creating trillions of dollars in wealth.

The Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It’s Time to Move Some Federal Agencies Out of D.C.

A relatively simple way to address inequality would be moving federal-government operations to smaller cities around the country.