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.

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Let’s Give Thanks for Immigrants

Immigrants and diversity have powered the growth of America and its cities going back to the 19th century.

An autonomous vehicle drives on a race track in California.

Driverless Cars Won’t Save Us

In fact, they’ll do the opposite of what techno-optimists hope, and worsen—not ease—inequality.

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America’s Digitalization Divide

A new study maps digital-skilled jobs across industries, metro areas, and demographic groups, revealing deep divides.

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How Google Can Help San Jose Become a Model of Inclusive Urbanism

A new Google campus in San Jose will be a chance for the tech giant to pioneer a more equitable form of urban development—and regain public goodwill.

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The Geography of Desperation

A recent study maps where white, black, and Hispanic Americans experience the most pain and worry—and optimism.

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How Universities Foster Economic Growth—and Democracy

Universities don’t just produce human capital and innovation. They also promote democratic values in their communities, according to a new study.

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The Staggering Value of Urban Land

A new study pegs the value of America’s urban land at more than $25 trillion as of 2010. But the differences between cities are stark.

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How Direct Flights Shape a City's Fortunes

Nonstop flights between cities are a more effective way of generating inter-city investment than increased airport capacity.

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The Flip Side of NIMBY Zoning

Yes, land-use restrictions make cities unaffordable. But they also keep inequality between regions from becoming even worse.

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How Innovation Leads to Economic Segregation

A new study finds that the clustering of high-tech innovation has made American metros more divided.

A Tale of Two Cities, and Two Companies

What Amazon could do for the city where it’s already made its mark.

Big Tech Ought to Step Up for Cities

Leading high-tech firms have increasingly gone from heroes to villains in the eyes of their neighbors. It’s in their own interest to help make cities more affordable and inclusive.

The Great Mobility Divide

Americans are moving less than ever, but that fact masks a deep divide between the affluent and the disadvantaged.

The U.S. Metros Most at Risk from Automation

In Dalton, Georgia, more than two-thirds of jobs are at risk for automation, according to a new analysis.

The Heterogeneous Future of Urban Mobility

The authors of Faster, Smarter, Greener talk about the technologies that will revolutionize how we get around cities.

Venture Capital Remains Highly Concentrated in Just a Few Cities

For all the talk of the “rise of the rest,” investment in high-tech startups is clustered in the Bay Area, and the New York- Boston-Washington Corridor.

For a Strong Economy, Focus on Inclusive Growth

In our increasingly unequal cities, inclusion is good for growth, and growth is good for inclusion. Two new reports show how it can be done.

Where New York City Is Going Next

In part two of our interview with Dan Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and current CEO of Sidewalk Labs shares his thoughts on zoning, transportation, technology, and President Trump.

What the New Urban Anchors Owe Their Cities

Corporations like Google and Amazon reap the spoils of winner-take-all urbanism. Here’s how they can also bear greater responsibility.

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.