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.

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.

A businessman checks his phone in Charlotte, North Carolina.

When It Comes to Skills and Talent, Size Matters

Bigger metros are drawing a larger share of higher-skill workers, especially in industries that require more education.

Did Land-Use Restrictions Save the Rust Belt?

Without the onerous zoning that has made it hard to build in places like New York City and San Francisco, lagging regions might be even worse off than they already are.

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.