Richard Florida

Richard Florida is a co-founder and editor at large of CityLab and a senior editor at The Atlantic. He is the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at New York University.

Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone

Contrary to the popular narrative, cities and workplaces with a diverse group of immigrants see higher wages—even for native-born Americans across income levels.

Where Are America's Real Arts Capitals?

Big coastal cities might have iconic, profitable, and well-funded scenes. But the economic impact of the cultural sector can be larger in some surprising places.

Where's the Real 'Next Silicon Valley'?

A new report digs into the metrics of America’s emerging tech hubs, and finds some surprises.

Today's Troublemakers Are Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

New research shows that those with “smart and illicit” aptitudes and behaviors as kids turned out to become creative business owners later in life.

City vs. State: The Story So Far

From minimum wage to immigration, states have been taking aggressive action to stamp out local laws that they disagree with.

Don't Live Next to a Meth Lab

Suburban and rural areas can hide facilities for methamphetamine production. When a clandestine lab gets busted, property values in the neighborhood take a hit.

The Problem With Promoting Startups

Encouraging new, young businesses instead of older ones is considered a more effective path to job creation. A new study suggests that it’s not that clear.

People gather in the street near an open gallery in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood for a "First Friday" event.

Indie Art Has a Walkability Problem

The clustering of artists at First Friday events highlights how affordability usually constrains small-scale art to less-prominent spaces.

Do Jobs Follow People or Do People Follow Jobs?

According to a new study pulling numbers from 250 economic regions in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, it all depends on what kind of jobs are created.

Inclusive Prosperity Is Incredibly Rare

Just a handful of large metro areas have been able to spread economic gains across all classes and races. What’s their secret?

Geographic Inequality Is Widening

Employment may have rebounded since the Great Recession, but the staggering regional gaps in both real wages and productivity are getting worse.

Mapping America's Bike Commuters

In honor of Bike to Work Day, we dug into where the largest share of these intrepid workers get to their jobs on two wheels.

When Artificial Intelligence Rules the City

An expert panel ponders how AI will change our lives.

Mapping the Diversity of the Creative Class

Racial and ethnic diversity spurs economic progress; sameness spells economic segregation.

Visualizing Entrepreneurial Networks Via Twitter

To identify business connections across cities, researchers gathered tweets and retweets using the hashtags #smallbiz and #entrepreneur.

Fixing the New Urban Crisis

Cities are at the heart of the inequality that divides the nation. They’re also the key to the solution.

The New Suburban Crisis

Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared.

A woman protesting outside Trump Tower in New York City.

If Cities Ruled the World

A discussion between Richard Florida, Jonathan Haidt, and the late Benjamin Barber about how how “rebel cities” can resist the Trump administration and create a new form of “urban sovereignty.”

The United Cities of America

Americans on the right have long argued for the “devolution” of power from the federal government to the states. With President Trump in office, Americans on the left should consider taking that idea further: devolving power to cities.

Glaeser and Florida on Backlash, Decline, and Renewal

Edward Glaeser and Richard Florida take questions on the future of cities and how their thinking has changed.

Two Takes on the Fate of Future Cities

A conversation between Ed Glaeser and Richard Florida on what urban policy needs to work towards in an uncertain future.