Richard Florida

David Goldman/AP

The Geography of Populist Discontent

“There are times when rational, well-educated societies lose a sense of perspective,” says urban scholar Josef Konvitz. The global populist backlash represents one of those times.

Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

What Is Really Behind the Populist Surge?

It’s not about “economic anxieties.”

Toru Hanai/Reuters

The Economic Power of Cities Compared to Nations

Sorry, Canada—your entire economy would fit inside Tokyo.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

For Most Cities, the Tech Boom Is a Bust

Contrary to technology’s image as an equalizer, digital service jobs in United States have clustered and concentrated in a select few metros.

Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

Where Segregation Makes America's Housing Divide Worse

An analysis finds metros with more polarized housing values are also more segregated.

Carlos Osorio/AP

Handing Out Tax Breaks to Businesses Is Worse Than Useless

A new study exposes the futility of the $45 billion that states spend on economic development incentives.

Randall Hill/Reuters

Putting Politics in Place

The problem with the “two Americas” narrative: Labels like conservative, liberal, and moderate all have relative meanings based on where we live.

Jeff Roberson/AP

The Housing Crisis Is a Building Crisis

Construction industry productivity in the U.S. is lower today than it was in 1968—and it won’t pick up unless it can embrace modernization.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Anatomy of a NIMBY

Restricting housing construction does not just hurt developers—it makes housing less affordable for everyone. But to overcome neighborhood resistance, you need to understand what drives it.

Matt Rourke/AP

Race, Gentrification, and Health in Philadelphia

A study finds that black residents in gentrifying neighborhoods are more likely to report poorer health.

Gary Cameron/Reuters

The Cities That Will Feel a 'Day Without Immigrants'

In addition to being key to creative work, immigrants contribute enormously in the working-class and services sectors of the economy.

Erin Siegal/Reuters

America's Lost Talent

The future of many American cities—and of the nation itself—depends on the skills of foreign-born workers. The Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies could spell economic disaster.

Jim Young/Reuters

Welcome to the 'Great Divergence'

Before 1980, places in America with lower average incomes grew faster than their richer counterparts, so that incomes converged. Today, that’s no longer the case.

Taylor Blake

The (Still) Conservative States of America

As the ideological sorting of American voters continues, liberals find themselves outnumbered in four out of five states.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Are Cities Too Small or Too Big?

To get the most collective benefits out of urban life, we might need more people to live in fewer (but bigger) cities.

Nicolas Huk/flickr

America the Stuck

The Census reports that a record-low share of Americans are moving. A recent paper suggests government policies might be curbing mobility.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

How Trump Threatens America's Talent Edge

His executive order will discourage the high-skill newcomers that the U.S. economy needs to compete globally.

Paul Hackett/Reuters

Mapping the World’s Knowledge Hubs

Which cities have the highest concentration of top-ranked universities?