Archive for February, 2011

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Mon Feb 28th 2011 at 5:54pm UTC

Chart of the Day: The Geography of Successful Start Companies

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The chart, from the blog Empirical Reality, shows SP Tech 1500 companies by location & founding date  (via vwadhwa, @ngoggans).  We’ve all known the Silicon Valley is important, but its dominance over time is striking.

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Feb 25th 2011 at 10:00am UTC

Cities, Inequality and Wages

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Economic inequality has been mounting in the United States, hitting levels not seen since the Gilded Age.  There are numerous explanations for this phenomenon, ranging from the decline of unions and high-paid manufacturing jobs to the rise of globalization, of new technology, and knowledge-based work (what economists call “skill-based technical change”) and the bifurcation of the labor market into high-skill and low-skill jobs.

But do our cities and changing economic landscape play a role as well?  There are good reasons to suspect that they do.  For one, the past decade or so has seen a sorting of population by skill, occupation and human capital, (see my 2006 article “Where the Brains Are”).  For another, it is well known that both highly skilled and talented people and productive firms and high-tech industries tend to cluster and agglomerate together to create powerful economic advantages.


Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Wed Feb 23rd 2011 at 10:00am UTC

The Drunkenness of Nations

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

“Is your Englishman so expert in his drinking?” asks Cassio in Othello. “Why he drinks you with facility your Dane dead, he gives your Hollander a vomit ere the next pottle can be filled,” Iago replies. Many countries—like many barflies—take perverse pride in their thirsts. Now, thanks to the the World Health Organization’s recent Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, we can actually find out which countries put away the most booze. The map below shows it graphically; it generated a lot of attention when it was picked up by the Huffington Post.


Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Feb 18th 2011 at 11:00am UTC

Grammys’ Big (City) Winner

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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 internet and social media exploded with a raft of incredulous messages – - a Tumblr called “Who is Arcade Fire?” compiled dozens of them.  The Today show’s Matt Lauer blurted: “I’ve never heard of the Arcade Fire. I’m going to have to download them.”

Could these wins reflect something of a broader trend?  Is the landscape of popular music changing? Could it be that new upstart music scenes in Nashville, Montreal, and elsewhere are gaining ground on New York and LA, the long-established hegemonic centers of commercial and recorded music?


Reham Alexander
by Reham Alexander
Thu Feb 10th 2011 at 6:00am UTC

Looking For Love In All the Right Places?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Which of these two decisions do you think has a bigger impact on someone’s life: finding the right job or finding the right significant other? No one’s going to argue with the notion that where you live affects your employment prospects. But the place you call home has a lot to do with your chances of finding the right partner as well. Having an enticing “mating market” matters as much or more than a vibrant labor market.  It’s not just that some places have more singles than others.  If you’re a single man or single woman, the odds of meeting that special someone vary dramatically across the country. Read Richard’s full post here and check out an interesting article from the Village Voice here.

The map below shows which cities have a surplus of single men and single women. 

Friday, February 4th, 2011

he Creative Class Group was invited to collaborate and provide feedback on Frankfurt’s New Work City as a concept of a new way of working for the mobile Creative Class.  Read our review below and let us know your thoughts.

The Creative Class, the Fourth Place and Frankfurt’s “New Work City” at The Squaire

By: The Creative Class Group

We are in the midst of a deep and fundamental transformation in the nature of capitalism.  The economic crisis of 2008 was more than just a transient correction; it represents the critical break point in the shift from industrial to knowledge-based and creative capitalism.  Even as leading economic indicators are beginning to trend positively, the fact remains that our economy is undergoing a Great Reset.