Director, @MartinProsperiT University of Toronto, Global Research Professor NYU, Editor at Large @AtlanticCities

Solving the Global Housing Crisis — The century of cities brings with it great promise, but also great problems. While some countries' rapid urbanization has led to the creation of economic, cultural and political meccas, others have become slums. The greatest wave of urbanization in world history is occurring during our lifetimes, which means that providing quality, affordable shelter for the billions of people streaming into global cities is among the most pressing challenges we face.

The Creative Class Is Alive — Something like how video purportedly killed the radio star, the Internet and the economic crisis is murdering the creative class today, according to a provocative essay in Salon by Scott Timberg. "This creative class was supposed to be the new engine of the United States economy, post-industrial age, and as the educated, laptop-wielding cohort grew, the U.S.

Why Do People Move: Jobs or Housing? — Why do people move? Is it for jobs or is for housing? It's often assumed that people move to get better jobs. But Census data show the main people reason move is to gain access to better housing. The issue is sometimes posed as a chicken-and-egg question: What comes first, people or jobs?

The Changing Geography of Pop Music — The big winners in Sunday night's Grammy Awards took many by surprise. Arcade Fire took home the record of the year for "The Suburbs" and the country group Lady Antebellum's song "Need You Now" won awards for best record and best song of the year. The former is from Montreal, the latter hail from Nashville.

The Urban Shift in the U.S. Start-Up Economy, in One Chart — San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood; Cambridge, Massachusetts' Kendall Square; Lower Manhattan: These are the dense, walkable neighborhoods that have become the new hubs of America's tech scene, as the center of gravity for venture investment and start-up activity shifts from suburbs to urban centers.

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley — A decade ago, billionaire entrepreneurs Peter Thiel and Elon Musk decided to take booming start-up PayPal public from a small coffee shop along Palo Alto's University Avenue. The street, the epicenter of Silicon Valley high tech, also helped incubate such now-established giants as Facebook and Google.

The New Global Centers for Talent — Over the past couple of decades, talent has supplanted endowments of natural resources and the technological and industrial prowess of large corporations as the source of economic advantage for nations and cities. Jane Jacobs initially identified the economic power of talent clustering in cities, and a raft of economic studies has since confirmed that concentrations of human capital drive national and regional economic growth and development.

Why the U.S. and Europe Have Little to Fear From the Rise of Chinese Science — Much is made of China's rise as the world's next great power. China is forecasted to surge past the United States as the world's largest economy by 2024, according to analysis by JPMorgan Chase & Co. And according to a recent study, China has already nearly eclipsed the United States and other Western nations as the world's leading center for science.

A Plan for a More Inclusive San Francisco — At the same time that they're making a comeback, America's cities are becoming more economically divided, facing a new set of profound challenges. The San Francisco Bay Area metro in particular has seen a powerful influx of talent and tech investment, pulling startups and venture investment away from even Silicon Valley.

The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb — Most of us who are sometimes labeled "urbanists" believe the new age of the city is squarely upon us. Cities and urban neighborhoods once counted for dead are adding people, in some cases faster than the suburbs; at the same time, we're seeing shortages of affordable housing in some of America's largest and most vibrant cities.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @FronteraGob: "@ConsejeriaTIC: "Richard Florida da 3 condiciones de #InnovaciónUrbana para territorio inteligente: Tecnología, Talento Humano, Tolerancia"

Oct 24, 2014

RT @AntDeRosa: High Line, Meatball Shop, and The Gutter is a pretty solid day in New York. Kudos, Dr. Spencer.

Oct 24, 2014

RT @jonahletovsky: Great article by Hume: Toronto's greatest challenge is rising class segregation, not congestion.… @Richard_Florida

Oct 24, 2014

@wisemonkeysblog @lavrys @GeoffDembicki Pure & utter nonsense. Have you even bothered to look at the empirical research our team does ...

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