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The New Urban Crisis


  • “A sweeping narrative of the most significant human movement of our times—global urbanization. Richard Florida lays out with unassailable facts and clear vision the convergence of an urgent human development—the drive for more livable cities and the quest for a more sustainable planet. Clear, compelling, and full of vision.”
    Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore
  • “Richard Florida demonstrates again that he is one of the most discerning (and provocative) observers of the great metropolitan migrations of the past 60 years. Using masses of carefully curated demographic data, he explains that winners and losers of the widespread ‘urban resurgence’ of the past couple of decades. His observations are disquieting on many levels, and Florida doesn’t shy away from proposing bold and sometimes costly solutions. The New Urban Crisis is certain to be one of the most widely debated books of the year.”
    John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado and former Mayor of Denver
  • “This is the book we have been waiting for. Richard Florida is the greatest American urbanist of our time.  In this book, he thoughtfully and forcefully confronts how Americans’ return to our cities has brought incredible cultural and economic renewal but without careful and thoughtful land use, infrastructure, and economic justice initiatives, this renewal is leaving a disappearing middle class in its wake.  This is an indispensable read for policy makers, students, educators, and all urban dwellers alike.  Florida sketches an urgent roadmap to ensure that America’s urban revival brings prosperity to everyone, not just a few.”
    Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
  • “Cites are engines for prosperity and progress, but it’s essential that the benefits extend far and wide. Florida proposes promising ideas for building stronger cities that offer greater opportunities for all.”
    Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City
  • “Richard Florida offers a brilliant assessment of the varied and evolving challenges facing our cities today. At a time when cities are more important than ever to our economic and political future, The New Urban Crisis is essential reading for urban leaders and all city-dwellers.”
    Richard M. Daley, former Mayor of Chicago
  • “Richard Florida is the great pioneer thinker who first explained how the influx of creative people was reviving cities. Now he takes the next step: looking for ways to make this urbanism more inclusive. Florida takes a hard look at the problems and, as usual, comes up with some smart new policies. Making cities work for all residents is one of the great economic, political, and moral issues of our time.”
    Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute, author of Steve Jobs
  • “Perceptions of urban crisis are steeped in the past, dominated by images of deindustrialization, economic decline, high crime, the hollowing out of cities, and rampant suburbanization. Urban divergence is the reality today—superstar cities like New York are thriving like never before while other cities continue to languish. Suburban communities are also tackling problems once thought unique to cities, and as the recent presidential election revealed, the divide between urban and rural has deepened. The urbanist Richard Florida, famous for his work on the creative class, turns his attention in The New Urban Crisis to the paradox of our times—the “clustering force” of concentrated talent and economic activity is simultaneously an engine for urban growth and a driver of inequality. Not everyone will agree, but the general public, leaders, and students of cities will profit by engaging his provocative data and ideas. Don’t be fooled by the title—crisis is double-edged and at the end, Florida lays out an ambitious but concrete plan for a renewed and more equitable urbanism. Rather than provoking angst, The New Urban Crisis is an inspired and pointed call to action.”
    Robert J. Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
  • “The New Urban Crisis. Staying ahead of the Curve. This is about how cities are failing the middle class throughout much of the world.  At the same time, suburbs are seeing a new poverty and urbanization is not always translating into rising living standards around the world.  This book is where the problems of urban economics ‘are at’ right now.”
    Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • “The New Urban Crisis deserves to stand alongside Thomas Piketty’s Capital In The Twenty-First Century as an essential diagnosis of our contemporary ills, and a clear-eyed prescription of how to cure them.  It’s also a rare and compelling example of a great intellect displaying the courage to re-think his older ideas in the face of changing circumstances. Anyone interested in the crisis of inequality and in the vitality of our cities will want to read this book.”
    Steven Johnson, Author of Everything That’s Bad Is Good for You and Host of the PBS series How We Got to Now
  • “Our ability to innovate and grow our economy and job base will be a result of our ability to educate and cluster talent and reimagine our infrastructure, while having a diverse work force with access to transit systems and housing to support that growth. In his new book, Richard Florida does an incredible job in not only laying out these issues facing the great urbanization of America with compelling data, but in offering thoughtful solutions to the challenges and opportunities.”
    Jodie W. McLean, Chief Executive Officer, EDENS
  • “A powerful account – packed with evidence – of the forces driving urban segregation and deepening inequality and the way private wealth and power outflanks the poor and powerless.”
    Stewart Lansley, author of A Sharing Economy and co-author of Breadline Britain
  • “Several of Florida’s solutions are sound…”
    Nicole Gelinas, The New York Times
  • “Florida’s data-driven book clinically dissects global gentrification and highlights its impact on America’s declining white middle-class.”
    Pamela Newkirk, The Washington Post
  • “In The New Urban Crisis Richard Florida, compellingly and convincingly defines the problems facing today’s cities and their suburban counterparts.”
    Barbara Romanik, Winnipeg Free Press
  • “A sobering account of inequality and spatial conflict rising against a cultural backdrop of urban change.”
    Kirkus Reviews
  • “Mr. Florida shares many other good ideas.”
    Edward Glaeser, The Wall Street Journal
  • Best Sellers List for Hardcover Non-Fiction
    The Washington Post
  • “I have been reading, and influenced, by your work for some time …But, this, I believe, is your strongest book yet.”
    Richard Greenwald, Dean School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • “Florida, a whiz at developing metrics…”
    Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald
  •   One of “The Top Urban Planning Books of the Decade”
  • Amazon Best Seller
  • Amazon Canada Best Seller
  • Amazon Rank #1 in City Planning & Urban Development
  • Amazon Rank #1 in Urban Planning & Development
  • 800-CEO-READ Business Bestsellers for May 2017
  • “Florida’s book offers a groundbreaking vision for inclusive and prosperous cities and is a call to city dwellers and urban politicians alike to become better-informed and propose and follow through on hard but rewarding choices.”
    Barbara Romanik, Winnipeg Free Press
  • “Mr. Florida continues to address the most vexing problems we face as a society: politics and poverty, sociology and segregation, innovation and growth, zoning, education, workforce training, gentrification, zoning, taxes and regulation, just to begin.”
    Christopher Briem, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • “Some of Florida’s ideas – give more powers to mayors, resist NIMBYism, cut red tape for builders, construct more transit, push for more urban density – are sensible responses to these evolving urban challenges.”
    Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail
  • ”I loved The New Urban Crisis.  Richard Florida writes about the tensions and the divides that have emerged within and between cities, between the broader community — and  I felt it throughout the book and loved it.”
    Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • “A thought-provoking work for those interested in all stages of urban planning and placemaking.”
    Karen Venturella Malnati, Library Journal
  • “He’s a serious scholar whose ideas must be wrestled with. I’ve found myself in agreement with him more often than not.”
    John Talton, The Seattle Times
  • “Thank you Dr. Florida for your talk and leadership with yesterday’s events at Ohio State.   The Lecture and mayoral panel were terrific.  We’ve received so much positive feedback.”"
    Janis Browning
    Office of Outreach & Engagement, Ohio State University
  • “An urban planning rock star”
    Jake Blumgart
  • “I was engaged and energized by The New Urban Crisis.”
    Scott Stern
    Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School
  • ”His awareness of urbanity in popular culture and his references to art and politics also make Florida accessible and allow him to engage a larger audience…”
    Barbara Romanik, Winnipeg Free Press
  • “Like the superstar cities it describes, this book is dense, complex and stimulating. Florida’s well-researched and fluent exposé of inequality is a wake-up call to all the major actors engaged in planning, designing and managing cities in the 21st century.”
    Ricky Burdett
    Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics
  • “I was engaged and energized by The New Urban Crisis.”
    Scott Stern
    Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School
  • “Florida provides a wealth of information and analysis.”
    Robert Morris
    San Francisco Review of Books
  • “It’s quite thought-provoking.”
     Amarjeet Sohi
    Infrastructure Minister
  • “I recommend Richard Florida’s 2017 book: The New Urban Crisis. Rising inequality may be the most important economic issue facing the world today. His detailing the urban dimension of this is striking.”
    Robert J. Shiller
    Yale University
  • Selected by Planetizen for “lasting relevance and excellence in research and rhetoric, will continue to define the ambitions and the shortcomings of the urban planning field in the decade that was the 2010s.”
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