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Richard Florida

Smart Cities

Innovation and Urban Inequality Go Hand in Hand

A new study finds a correlation between the number of patents a city produces and economic segregation within its limits.

Smart Cities

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.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

The Reasons Why Americans Aren't Moving as Much These Days

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

News

Why Gay-Friendly Places Are More Innovative

Non-discrimination policies appear to increase productivity, especially for firms that rely on human capital.

News

Where the Good Jobs Are

In the U.S., job growth continues to be concentrated in a small number of high-performing metros.

News

The Limits of Chicago's Back-to-the-City Movement

Although the city has gained some young, educated white residents, it continues to lose minorities and families with children to the suburbs.

News

Which U.S. Cities Suffer the Most During a Recession?

A new study charts the business cycles of the nation’s largest metros across three periods of economic decline.

News

Geographic Inequality Is Swallowing the Recovery

The geography of business formation and job growth is concentrated in less than two dozen counties across the nation.

Management

Where Millennials and the Working Class Can No Longer Afford to Live

A new Trulia report looks at which cities have the highest housing burdens.

News

Toward Inclusive Economic Development

How can cities grow their economies without alienating poorer residents?

News

The Rise of Global Startup Cities

Venture capital investment is extremely spiky, but remains concentrated among a select group of cities.

Infrastructure

4 Ways Zoning Can Segregate Cities

Concentrations of poverty and wealth have been created throughout urban centers and their suburbs with exclusionary land-use restrictions.

News

Immigrants Are the Key Ingredient in Economically Vibrant Metros

Innovation and immigration go hand in hand, contrary to what Donald Trump would have his supporters believe.

News

Where U.S. Cities Rank on List of World's Top Startup Hubs

Challengers to Silicon Valley include New York, L.A., Boston, Tel Aviv, and London.

Management

Mapping Where America Is Failing Its Youth

A new report finds that more than one in eight of the nation’s young people are neither employed nor in school.

Smart Cities

How Uber's Driverless Cars Could Make Pittsburgh America's Next Great Tech Hub

The ride-hailing giant has built a development facility there, luring away some talented Carnegie Mellon researchers.

News

Tolerance and Intolerance in the City

A new study tries to determine what a “tolerant” city looks like.

News

One Reason It’s So Hard to Become a 'Creative Superstar City'

A new study finds that cities with successful “creative economies” must have robust non-creative industries, too.