Strong Towns Podcast
Episode 407

Richard Florida and the New Urban Crisis

Rachel Quednau published on

Richard Florida is a University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, he's a writer and journalist, and he serves as senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for CityLab. He's also the author of a new book, The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class-and What We Can Do About It.

In this interview with Chuck Marohn, Florida discusses the backlash to one of his most famous books, The Rise of the Creative Classand the growth in inequality and economic segregation in American cities, which he cites as a much bigger problem than gentrification. Florida also shares his reaction to the presidential election and his thoughts about the future of the suburbs.

Strong Towns Podcast - Richard Florida and the New Urban Crisis
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  • Susan Joy Worker

    Prof Florida has consumed way too much SJW-flavored Kool-Aide.
    His interview overuses a weasel-word, "advantaged" way too much.
    What does it mean? What creates the higher incomes associated with advantages?
    He does not use elucidating words like: drugs, single moms, cultural marxist ideology,
    AT ALL - these might help him get to the truth.
    Here's a basic fact: the winning principle, to become economically successful are pretty simple:
    stay in school, get educated (in something useful, not SJW papem), dont have children out of wedlock,
    and you will have an 80-90% chance of succeeding, whether you are black, white, or chinese