About Richard Florida | Richard Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. Previously, Florida has held professorships at George Mason University and Carnegie Mellon University, and taught as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. His research provides unique, data-driven insight into the social, economic and demographic factors that drive the twenty-first century world economy.


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A Creative Manifesto: Why the Place You Choose to Live is the Most Important Decision of Your Life
March 7, 2008 - By: Richard Florida
“Increasingly, the place you choose to live will help determine your success in business, in finding a life partner, and in living a fulfilling life. In fact, it may be the most important decision of your life. I believe that we are in the beginnings of a shift as fundamental as the in
Renting the Dream: Housing in America After the Great Reset
May 5, 2010 - By: Richard Florida
"We’ve been here before. Not just now, but at two other critical times in the last 150 years—in the 1870s and the 1930s—the economy caved in and depressions ensued. Both times, however, we emerged from those dark times healthier and wealthier than before. And it can happen again.”
Unleashing the Creative Reservoir: The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited
May 9, 2012 - By: Richard Florida
“A new social compact—a Creative Compact—can turn our Creative Economy into a just and Creative Society, in which prosperity is widely shared.”
The Downsides of the Urban Revival: The New Urban Crisis and How We Come to Grips With It
April 19, 2017 - By: Richard Florida
“In little more than a decade, the revitalization of our urban areas that I had predicted was giving rise to rampant gentrification and unaffordability, driving deep wedges between affluent newcomers and struggling longtime residents.”
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