Are successful cities built on their creative workers? Urban theorist Richard Florida talks to Caroline Kinneberg
Just as Florida modified his book and titled the updated version "The Rise of the Creative Class: Revisited," the professor at the University of Toronto and senior editor at The Atlantic has modified his own views on suburbia.In fact, he says he sees more opportunities than ever in American suburbs, many of which are in varying stages of decline these days.
Florida’s 2002 bestseller, “The Rise of the Creative Class,” has sparked many debates about the relative importance of creativity to the economic health of cities. In his new book, “The Rise of the Creative Class -- Revisited,” Florida reiterates, updates and expands on his bottom line: “Cities need a people climate as much, and perhaps even more, than they need a business climate.” Paul Fanlund interviews Richard Florida asking him a series of Madison-centric questions.
Creative Tampa Bay was formed in 2003. The organization quickly emerged as the linchpin between creative types like artists and entrepreneurs, and the region's powerful business community.Now that role is shared by many more area organizations. That is a testament in part to Creative Tampa Bay's success, but also a challenge for the group to claim a still-relevant niche going forward.
In The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited, Florida builds on his original case that creativity is now the "fundamental driver of our economy." To prove it, he analyzed 350 metro areas using a series of creative metrics to rank the top cities in the nation. Boulder came No. 1 on the list followed by San Francisco and Boston.
Florida has published several books on the theme of the creative class including, most recently, The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited, a substantial revision of his 2002 volume.The thrust of Florida's thesis is unchanged: growth of creative industries depends on the "3Ts" -- technology, talent and social tolerance. But he has refined his arguments and updated statistical evidence.
Richard Florida, father of the ‘creative class’ concept, finds one at work in his new part-time hometown of Miami, Florida.
Transcript for Big Think interview with Richard Florida on the ever-widening gap between creative workers and service workers, and what businesses should do about it.
This post is part of a new special section called “Reinventing America.” As part of this effort, Micheline Maynard and more than a dozen other Forbes contributors and staff writers focus attention on the challenges facing towns, cities and traditional industries across the nation–and highlight the growing number of surprising success stories. Richard Florida, the author of The Rise of The Creative Class, recently looked at where these knowledge-focused jobs are for a new version of his book, The Rise of The Creative Class, Revised.
In Richard Florida's new book The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited, he’s compiled a list of the top tech cities in the U.S.Seattle, home to Microsoft and Amazon, claims the top place from Silicon Valley, which ranked first in his last book. Silicon Valley, which consists of the San Jose metro area, ranks second followed by the greater San Francisco area. Portland, Oregon claims the fourth spot followed by Austin.
Artists, innovators, and diversity have earned Worcester the #14 spot in best-selling author, Richard Florida's newest book, The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited.
Excerpted with permission from The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Richard Florida.
Creativity is now the main driver of America’s economy, and is more and more concentrated in and around cities. Richard Florida reports on the trend—and lists the nation’s most creative metro areas, from Boulder to metropolitan Austin to the Washington, D.C. region.
As his 'The Rise of the Creative Class' reaches its tenth anniversary, Richard Florida has a plan to keep the artists from starving. It involves a lot more than art. Florida describes how creatives have fared relatively well in the economic downturn of the time between editions of the book.
This article in the National Journal is an abridged version of the preface to The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited, out this month from Basic Books.
This article was adapted from Richard Florida's new book "The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited" from Basic Books. His nitial research over a decade ago identified the rise of the creative class as a key factor in America’s cities and economy overall. What has struck him since is that the effects of class are not just limited to cities, jobs and the economy. Class increasingly structures virtually every aspect of our society, culture and daily lives — from our politics and religion to where we live and how we get to work, from the kind of education we can provide for our children to our very health and happiness.
800 CEO Read's creative manifesto for the release of Richard Florida's new book, The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited.