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An Urban Agenda at the United Nations (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Rana Florida

This increase in population growth brings several challenges; cities must plan for increased demand for services: energy, food and water, transportation, housing, land, health, education and much more

Why Is Heavy Metal Most Popular In Wealthy Countries?

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 06.03.2014 | Entertainment

In 2012, a map documenting the number of heavy metal bands per 100,000 people made rounds on the Internet, the greatest concentration landing in the S...

A Message to the City Builders of Tomorrow

Richard Florida | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Richard Florida

"I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you this, but do what you love. You'll always need to make a living, but if you want to be happy -- if for that matter, you want to be successful -- money should never be your biggest goal."

5 Things Entrepreneurs Need From Their Cities

Rana Florida | Posted 06.21.2014 | Small Business
Rana Florida

Every city hopes to attract the next Facebook, Google, Instagram or Twitter. To lure such startups, they follow the same route -- cutting taxes, easing regulations, and in general trying to create a business-friendly climate. But what are entrepreneurs really looking for in a city?

People, Investment Continue to Flow to Core Cities Faster Than to Suburbs

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside.

Top Tips for Start-ups From Successful Entrepreneurs

Rana Florida | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

In this increasingly competitive world, entrepreneurs need all the tips and advice they can get. Here are some of the top tips for start-ups from successful start-ups.

Miami, the Start-Up City

Rana Florida | Posted 05.20.2014 | Miami
Rana Florida

After a decade in which Miami has rapidly grown and urbanized (e.g., some 23,000 new condos in downtown, which are now more than 90 percent occupied) and distinguished itself as an international center of creativity; in order to compete on a global scale the city and region now need to take the next leap.

To Be or Not to Be in Detroit City

Vince Carducci | Posted 03.23.2014 | Detroit
Vince Carducci

For decades now, Detroit has been one of America's most notorious clusterf*cks. Once the nation's fourth-largest city, its current population of just over 700,000 is less than 40 percent of its postwar peak of 1.8 million, and it's predicted to fall even further.

Art in the Jungle

Rana Florida | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Rana Florida

This video documents the forum my husband Richard Florida participated in with members of the institute and the local community -- he from Toronto, them from a fenced in compound in the rain forest.

Why the U.S. Attracts the World's Best and Brightest

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Nigel Barber

The U.S. has always been attractive to bright people with something to get away from. Identifying the pull -- or what they are attracted to -- is more complex and more interesting.

Kindea Labs Animates The Atlantic

Jonathan Ezer | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Jonathan Ezer

Richard Florida recently published an article in The Atlantic called "The Boom Towns and Ghost Towns of the New Economy." We liked it, so we animate...

Danielle Schlanger

Obama's Urban Affairs Office Brings Hope But Not Much Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. WASHINGTON -- Less than a week af...

Renaissance and Recovery: Why the Arts Matter for Michigan

John Corso | Posted 07.28.2013 | Detroit
John Corso

Though art has a price tag, its actual worth as cultural capital goes far beyond its cash-in value. Rather, art is a complex commodity, and one that is more powerful when we have ample reserves.

The Reinvention of Work: Projects Not Positions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Over the last 20 years work has been reinvented, restructured, and rebooted. The top-tier and bottom level of what working means has been redefined by corporations, visionaries, technologies and individuals.

NRA Response to New Jersey Shooting of 3 Police Officers: More Guns?

Michael Shank | Posted 12.28.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

How would the NRA, who suggested after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that we provide armed guards in every school across America, at a cost of nearly $8 billion per year, respond to New Jersey's shooting?

The Creative Compact

Richard Florida | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

The tectonic upheavals our economy is enduring are the result not just of financial shenanigans by the global One Percent, but of a deeper and more fundamental shift -- the passing of the old industrial order as it gives way to the emerging Creative Economy.

Creativity Is the New Economy

Richard Florida | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

It's common to say we are now living in a post-industrial information or knowledge economy. But the shift is actually deeper and more thorough-going than that.

Asian-American Voters as a Republican Parable

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

The GOP is probably not going to win the support of the majority of African-American and Hispanic voters anytime soon. But Republicans are now in danger of losing the votes of another important demographic group that could have been its natural political ally.

Should Mamas Let Their Babies Grow up to Study Writing? Setting the Record Straight on What Writing Students Do, Part 2

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 07.11.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

You'll find students who think the course is an easy "A." This group is usually disappointed; creative writing courses are much more work than they anticipate.

Education Reform: Why a Bachelor's Degree Still Matters

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

It would be truly unfortunate if twenty years from now we woke up to the realization that U.S. prominence in the world's economy had dropped even farther from where it stood today, because we made the mistake of shortchanging our educational systems.

Your Start-Up Life: Espresso King Ricardo Illy on La Dolce Vita

Rana Florida | Posted 05.22.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Work is pleasurable for me, but business comes first. I like the Aaron Burr quote: "The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure and pleasure my business." With Gruppo illy's product lines of Domori chocolate, illy coffee, Mastrojanni wine, Agrimontana jam and Dammann tea, I'm able to do that.

The Neighbor Break-Up

Pamela Haag | Posted 01.21.2012 | Home
Pamela Haag

I just learned that our neighbors are moving, to another state. In the most tangible, quotidian ways, we've woven a social fabric together, for our children, especially, and now it's partially torn.

For Colleges, Location Matters

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.12.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

I'm not sure when a club of some 60 elite universities got the authority to set the research agenda for the country or for individual universities.

The Shallow of Your Smile

George Heymont | Posted 11.29.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Trailer trash may seem like the polar opposite of life in a gated community, but once you strip away the material trappings of either lifestyle, what's left are mere mortals.

Israel's Version of the French Revolution: Liberty, Fraternity, Creativity

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.15.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Israel's creative class has had enough. The nation-wide protest against a political system run by parasites that disenfranchises the productive classes is only gaining momentum.