Richard Florida is an American Urban Studies theorist. He is also the “Co-Founder and Editor at Large at The Atlantic Cities and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto. He is most well-known for the NYT Best-sellers, The Rise of the Creative Class, Cities and the Creative Class, and The Flight of the Creative Class. In honor of the ten-year anniversary to The Rise of the Creative Class, he recently re-released the book with updated information and statistics in The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited. His theory is a hot topic of conversation, with critics and fans discussing his viewpoint as the importance of cities in America and young people who are moving places like Detroit have become increasingly in the media and news. He recently retorted to an article that tries to claim the opposite of his theory- The Fall of the Creative Class in his blog post, “What Critics get Wrong about Creative Class.”
Recently Florida set out to Detroit to film a multiple part web series, DETROIT RISING, which focuses on the city exclusively. He says,
So much has been said of the crisis of Detroit or the ruin of Detroit. I think what’s really interesting is, enough’s been said about that. It’s really an interesting place to look at as a laboratory of rebuilding. … Great economic crises are generational events. We’re only four or five years into this one, and already you can see the seeds of renewal and revitalization.” -Richard Florida
For more on the series: The State of Detroit
WATCH THE SERIES BELOW!
Follow him on Twitter: @Richard_Florida
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