Director, @MartinProsperiT University of Toronto, Global Research Professor NYU, Co-founder & Editor at Large @CityLab, Founder, Creative Class Group

Wage Inequality Is Rising in U.S. Cities — From the Occupy Movement to the election of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to the publication of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century , rising economic inequality has in recent years registered as one of America's leading social and political issues, especially in cities.

Canada’s Urban Competitiveness Agenda: Completing the Transition from a Resource to a Knowledge Economy — Small in population but vast in physical endowments, Canada's fortunes have long been tied to its natural resources.1 The country's recent slide into recession, thanks to lagging world oil prices, is a stark reminder of the busts that come with the booms created by the nation's dependence on its natural endowments.2 A well-known malady of [...]
Oct 07, 2015

Check out our complete data base for every Canadian metro area on our urban creativity & competitiveness indicators:…

Oct 07, 2015

Tops on out Canadian Creativity Index: Toronto Ottawa, Vancouver, Montréal, Kitchener-Waterloo, Victoria, Calgary -…

By ignoring the knowledge economy, Canada is taking a step backward — Richard Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Greg Spencer is a research associate at the institute . The Canadian economy is at a crossroads. Historically, the national economy was largely defined by its ability to extract and export natural resources.
Oct 07, 2015

Urban Knowledge, Not Natural Resources Hold the Key to Canada's Economic Future - My oped in @globeandmail -…

Oct 07, 2015

RT @uoftmagazine: Canada should reinvest proceeds from energy into the urban knowledge economy, says #UofT's @Richard_Florida

Why Cities and Anchor Institutions Need to Work Together — The nature of urban economies has changed immeasurably over the past several decades. For most of the 20th century, large companies like General Motors and Ford, IBM and General Electric, U.S. Steel and Proctor & Gamble were the veritable suns that powered both the U.S. economy and the scores of economies that comprised it.
Oct 05, 2015

The New Grand Bargain Between Cities and Anchor Institutions - My latest in @CityLab -…

Oct 05, 2015

RT @urbaninstitute: .@Richard_Florida on the relationships between cities & anchor institutions: More:…

Oct 05, 2015

RT @icicorg: "There is no getting around it: Cities and anchor institutions share the same destiny" - @Richard_Florida:

Oct 05, 2015

RT @CityLab: Cities and anchor institutions share the same destiny. ​How'd they get so disconnected?

Oct 06, 2015

RT @jmsndrsn: #Cities Need Anchors: @Richard_Florida highlights the terrific new report by @NeilKleiman & the Nat'l Resource Ntwrk http://t…

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The Striking Relationship Between Gun Safety Laws and Firearm Deaths — Just this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would make it a federal crime to traffic guns (one of four gun control bills being discussed by the committee). This comes on the heels of an important new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that documents the strong connection between stricter gun control laws and lower rates of gun deaths at the state level.

How America's Fear of Crime Leads to Bad Policy Decisions — It's one of the great dilemmas of the modern era: in poll after poll, Americans consistently say they believe our society is getting more violent and more dangerous, when the opposite is true. The results of this chronic misperception have been disastrous to U.S. communities, beginning with its cities, and now spreading to suburban neighborhoods.
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London Beats New York as the World’s Leading Financial City — London bests New York on the just-released 2015 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The two cities have seesawed back and forth on the rankings over the past few years and remain rivals for the position of the world's most economically powerful city.

Big European Cities Use Cars Less, But They Still Have a Long Way to Go — Americans are not the only ones still caught up in their love affair with the car. Although we may like to imagine Europe's major cities to be veritable nirvanas for pedestrians and cyclists, two of the densest European metros-London and Berlin-remain seriously car-dependent.
Sep 24, 2015

Yet another reason to beat our chests;-) Higher percentage of New Yorkers use transit vs. London, Berlin…

Sep 24, 2015

European cities may use cars less but they still have a long way to go. - My latest w/ @ariabendix in @CityLab -…

Sep 24, 2015

So you thought Europe's big cities were more transit-oriented and less car-dependent, have a look at this ...…

Sep 25, 2015

Berlin & London may be less car-dependent than US cities, but they still have a long way to go. - @CityLab -…

Best Neighbourhoods: Methodology — In September, 2015 Toronto Life released their October issue including a ranking of Toronto's best neighbourhoods. The Martin Prosperity Institute contributed to this article by collecting and compiling the data behind this ranking, as well as defining the methodology for scoring and ranking Toronto's 140 neighbourhoods.

The Top Immigrant Cities in the U.S. — Anti-immigrant sentiment and phrases like "we have to build a wall" have at this point become synonymous with Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Indeed, the idea of building a massive wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico was just about the only policy idea he mentioned at his Dallas rally last week.
Sep 22, 2015

You'd think America of all places would know this: immigration benefits the economy. Leading Immigrant Cities… #cities

Sep 23, 2015

Fm @citylab "Immigrants are concentrated in & contribute to the success of many of the most econ. vibrant US cities"…

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Oct 07, 2015

I am reading a paper about how me, Ruth Glass, the Chicago School, Frederick Jackson Turner & more are behind planetary gentrification ...

Oct 07, 2015

RT @uoftmagazine: Canada should reinvest proceeds from energy into the urban knowledge economy, says #UofT's @Richard_Florida

Oct 07, 2015

RT @NickTimiraos: @Richard_Florida Harder to build entry level because "the places where people want to live are not that buildable"…

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