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.

Dan Doctoroff on Rebuilding New York After 9/11

The former deputy mayor of economic development describes the policy discussions that led to rezoning 40% of the city during a period of dramatic growth.

The Rescue Impulse

Communities and spontaneous volunteers are the real first line of response in the wake of natural disasters.

Dar Williams on the Rise of Large Towns and Small Cities

In her new book, the singer-songwriter identifies her own recipe what makes a strong community.

Houston's Big Opportunity for Better Urban Development

Following the tragedy, Houston will have the opportunity to reinvent itself as a more resilient, sustainable, and economically vibrant city.

The Service Class Deserves Better

Our nation’s future depends on our ability to provide the largest segment of our labor force with stable, family-supporting work.

Returning to the Rust Belt

A new study explores the reasons why some people are coming home.

A New Typology of American Neighborhoods

Research identifies seven pathways of urban change. The most common one is very little change at all.

Income Inequality Is Making Rent Even Less Affordable

When inequality goes up, so, too, does the rent burden—especially for the lowest income residents.

Violent Crime's Toll on Economic Mobility

A new study shows just how much growing up in a violent neighborhood can harm an individual’s economic prospects later in life.

The Complex Relationship Between Innovation and Economic Segregation

It’s not just the tech industry that’s responsible for America’s stratifying cities.

Can Craft Breweries Transform America's Post-Industrial Neighborhoods?

A new study tells the story of craft beer’s astonishing rise and geographic clustering.

The Foreign Buyers You Haven’t Heard About

Despite a public focus on vacant luxury condos, more than half of foreign buyers actually live in the U.S.

Where To Find the Unsung Engines of Innovation and Economic Growth

Research and Development labs are even more geographically clustered than venture capital or startups

GE's new forthcoming corporate headquarters in Boston

The Geography of Innovation

The suburbs generate more patents, but cities generate more unconventional innovations, a recent study finds.

Jobs Have Grown Far More in Canadian Cities

To see where jobs have expanded the most, look outside the U.S.

Why Jimmy Carter Believes Housing Is a Basic Human Right

Richard Florida talks to the former president about housing, Habitat for Humanity, and how government assistance enabled their current success.

NYC Has More Artists Than Ever

But artists are being pushed out of some of the city’s long-standing creative neighborhoods.

The Great Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage is way too low in most places, but a bit too high in a few

How Cities Are Making the Global Housing Crisis Worse

Cities are falling back into some bad housing policy habits. We’ve learned this lesson before.

How Income Inequality Makes Economic Downturns Worse

Urban counties in the United States were more likely to enter the Great Recession earlier when they had a larger gap between the rich and the poor.

A beer bottle sits on top of a checkered counter at a Chicago bar

Does Commercial Zoning Increase Neighborhood Crime?

A look at land-use zoning in Chicago suggests you have to be a bit more specific.