Episode 11: Richard Florida’s New Groove

Richard Florida’s new book, “The New Urban Crisis” (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

Richard Florida — love him or hate him there’s no denying he is a mainstay of urban theory. After his bestselling book “The Rise of the Creative Class” drove a new era of innovation and commercial redevelopment — some say to a fault — we find ourselves in cities that are suddenly pricing out entire segments of their population as the gap between lower and upper class only increases across the US.

In this episode we discuss his new book “The New Urban Crisis” (and the speaking series that goes with it) in an effort to unpack the issues of inequality, agency, and neoliberal policies that have shaped our current situation. What does Florida think we should do? Is this a repackaging of his old concepts? And does he do enough to think outside of the box and bring in the kind of radical — and ethical — futurism that our cities need?

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Here are the references in this episode:

City Lab article: “Two takes on the fate of future cities”

Washington Post: “This guy convinced cities to cater to tech-savvy millennials. Now he’s reconsidering”

CityLab article: “Cities can’t fix the new urban crisis”

Scholarly critique: “Doing a Florida thing: the creative class thesis and cultural policy”

And his original creative class thesis (pdf)

Philadelphia’s office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy: http://creativephl.org/

Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode


Originally published at thirdwaveurbanism.com.

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