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

A New Index Maps the Quality of Life for 2,000 U.S. Neighborhoods

citylab.com — Location, location, location. When choosing where to live, we all make choices and tradeoffs between housing costs, commutes, and the kinds of amenities we need and want from communities-from better schools, safer streets, and warmer climates, to access to mountains or waterfronts, restaurants, and bars.

Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative

A New Study Finds That the Nations Where Cities Are Growing the Fastest Are Also Among the Most Violent in the World

citylab.com — Ongoing conflict in the Middle East and mass killings here in the United States have made the world seem an increasingly violent place. That's not necessarily true: Harvard's Steven Pinker has shown that the arc of human progress has bent-in fits and starts-toward non-violence over time.

Creativity, Clusters and the Competitive Advantage of Cities

martinprosperity.org — Among the many important contributions made by Michael Porter in The Competitive Advantage of Nations was to call attention to the central role played by industrial clusters in the process of economic development (Porter, 1990a). He was not the first to identify the economic advantages of clustering of firms and industries, what economists refer to [...]

Urban Lands of Opportunity

Mapping Where American Workers Spend the Most on Housing

citylab.com — Housing is quickly moving out of reach for the average American in many places, and not only in superstar cities like New York and San Francisco. Here at CityLab, my colleague Tanvi Misra recently showed that the average American needs to earn $19.35 per hour to afford the average two-bedroom apartment-more than two and a half times the minimum wage.

The Geography of Hate

theatlantic.com — America's racist groups concentrate in certain regions -- and their presence correlates with religion, McCain votes, and poverty With the death of Osama bin Laden, many believe that Al Quaeda was dealt a mortal blow.

A New Report Finds That One in Eight American Young People Are Not Working or in School

citylab.com — A substantial share of America's youth remains economically disconnected, even as the economy continues to recover. More than one in eight-13.8 percent-of young Americans ages 16 to 24 are neither working nor in school, according to a new report from the Social Science Research Council's Measure of America project.

The Problem of Urbanization Without Economic Growth

citylab.com — Some 200,000 people move into cities across the globe each and every day. Over the course of the next century, that figure will add up to billions. Mayors, urban leaders and economists are generally optimistic, believing that this march toward urbanization goes hand in hand with greater economic development and rising living standards.

A New Study Links Happiness to Living in the Midst of Technological Change

citylab.com — The introduction of new technologies-from the steam engine in the 19 th century to the moving assembly line in the 20 th century to robotics in the 21 st -is both economically potent and terribly disruptive. This is the process that the economist Joseph Schumpeter long ago dubbed "creative destruction," the means by which new technologies disrupt old industries and generate entirely new ones.
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Jul 04, 2015

RT @NYTNational: Creative class. Tax breaks. Or is grit what keeps small American towns alive? @richard_florida nyti.ms/1CazjPc pic.twitter.com/bqkQVy6RJx

Jul 02, 2015

"Every year in Toronto, an avg 2050 peds &1095 cyclists are injured as a result of collisions w/ motor vehicles" twitter.com/nowtoronto/sta…

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