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Richard Florida


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Richard:

The Post-Pandemic Geography of the U.S. Tech Economy

Data on venture capital and tech jobs show that just a few coastal metro areas continue to dominate. But other regions have also benefited from an overall surge in investment. → Read More

The Changing Geography of U.S. Talent

Coastal metro areas continue to dominate the market for knowledge and creative workers. But other cities in the middle of the country are starting to gain ground. → Read More

What the AI Economy Means for Cities

So far, the same few U.S. tech hubs are dominating the artificial intelligence industry. → Read More

The Death and Life of the Central Business District

Offices are not going back to the way they were pre-pandemic, and neither are the downtown neighborhoods that house them. → Read More

What Happens When the 1% Go Remote

It doesn’t take very many ultra-wealthy Americans changing their address to wreak havoc on cities’ finances. → Read More

How Metro Areas Voted in the 2020 Election

America’s economic geography is organized around its metropolitan areas. Presidential election results show how factors like class and density define their politics. → Read More

How Suburbs Swung the 2020 Election

The suburbs swung the election for Biden, and remain the key factor in American politics. And particular kinds of suburbs are driving the change. → Read More

Lost art: Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy

This study estimates the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the creative economy, which is comprised of industries such as film, advertising, and fashion as well as creative occupations such as musicians, artists, performers, and designers. → Read More

This Is Not the End of Cities

Both the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement create opportunities to reshape cities in more equitable ways. → Read More

How Journalists' Language Warps Our Understanding of Traffic Deaths

Calling crashes "accidents" and using phrases like ‘‘a car jumped the curb’’ work to shift agency away from drivers and onto the pedestrians and cyclists they hit. → Read More

More Than Prescription Opioids, Heroin and Synthetics Are Killing Urbanites

A new study shows that the country faces different opioid challenges in urban and rural areas. → Read More

How AI Could Change the Highly-Skilled Job Market

A new study uses artificial intelligence to find that jobs done by highly skilled workers are the most likely to be affected by AI. → Read More

Talent May Be Shifting Away From Superstar Cities

According to a new analysis, places away from the coasts in the Sunbelt and West are pulling ahead when it comes to attracting talented workers. → Read More

The Changing Demographics of America's Suburbs

The changes in the demographic makeup of America’s suburbs are so profound that some urbanists are calling for a new sociology of suburbia. → Read More

How Airline Deregulation Fueled Regional Inequality in the U.S.

After air service shifted to bigger cities with hub airports, those areas saw economic gains, while smaller and mid-sized metros lost out. → Read More

The World Series Isn’t Global. But Baseball’s Talent Pool Is.

Back in 1900, just 4 percent of Major League Baseball players were born outside the U.S. Today the share is nearly 30 percent. → Read More

The Great Crime Decline Has Ended in Some Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods saw a crime decline, but recently, their violent crime rates have rebounded while other areas continue to improve. → Read More

Who's Immigrating to the U.S. Now, and Where Are They Settling?

Based on a demographic analysis, recent immigrants are just as likely to hail from Asia as Latin America; tend to be highly educated; and are moving to Trump-voting areas. → Read More

The Best and Worst U.S. Places to Live Car-Free

College towns and big coastal cities top our ranking of the metros where it’s easiest to live without a car. → Read More

How a Ground-Floor Apartment Helps Reduce the Gender Gap in Wages

A new study finds that the home-based businesses of poor women in a Colombian city are much more successful when they are located on the street level. → Read More