On Monday, November 7, 2016, I made what I thought were the final edits to the manuscript of my latest book, The New Urban Crisis, and sent it off to my publisher. The next day, my wife and I invited our American friends to come to our house in Toronto to celebrate what we were all but certain would be Hillary Clinton’s election. We pulled out all the stops. We hung up red, white and blue bunting, and dressed our baby and our puppy to match. My wife’s sisters supplied us with life-sized cutouts of Clinton and Donald Trump, which they had literally “muled” over the border from the Detroit suburbs. At 6 p.m., when the polls began to close, we turned on the TV to watch the early returns. By 8:30, the party had come to a crashing stop. I spent the rest of the night glued to Twitter; I hardly even noticed when the last of our guests departed.
Richard Florida, urban studies professor at the University of Toronto and author of “The New Urban Crisis” joins MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle to discuss how cities are increasing inequality and how pockets of concentrated wealth and poverty are squeezing out the middle class.
Observations by Andrew M Manshel about what makes great Downtowns and Public Spaces.The website of PLACE MASTER PROJECTS providing practical advisory services for the implementation of downtown revitalization and the operation of public spaces.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV Canada’s Amanda Lang, author and professor Richard Florida speaks about the evolution of the urban revival and the super crisis of success that’s coming to Canada with Donald Trump as President of the U.S. (Source: Bloomberg)
University of Toronto Professor Richard Florida spoke with USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee’s David Plazas and Lipscomb University’s Kristine LaLonde about his latest book “The New Urban Crisis.” We explored whether Nashville is in an urban crisis and what to do about it.
This is an addendum to a previously published broadcast recorded on May 19, 2017. I explored with University of Toronto Professor and Richard Florida some of his proposed solutions he outlines in his latest book “The New Urban Crisis.” These include how to transform low wage service work into middle-class family-supporting work and how to update the tax code to make it less regressive and more fair. Dr. Florida also shared his blunt observations on how to empower local communities and address the divide in America between urban, rural and suburban communities.
Every time I have visited London over the past several years, I invariably hear the same story from my taxi driver. As we drive past Hyde Park on the way to or from the airport, he will say, “You see that building?” nodding towards a modern glass tower next to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. “Some of the apartments cost £50 million or more. And no one lives there—it’s always dark.”
Richard Florida became synonymous with urbanism a decade-and-a-half ago when he wrote a largely upbeat book, “Rise of the Creative Class,” about the renaissance taking place in major cities across the globe.
In his latest literary work, Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and a global research professor at New York University, has taken a more sobering look at some of the challenges facing urbanism.