Richard Florida on the Post-Pandemic City


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This week's guest, Richard Florida, is one of our leading authorities on cities and urban life. Richard is author of a shelf of books, including the Rise of the Creative Class and, most recently, the New Urban Crisis. In this episode, we talk about the extent to which work-from-home arrangements will or won't stick after the pandemic, whether San Francisco faces the fate of urban powerhouses of yesteryear, like Pittsburgh and Detroit, how self-reinforcing selection effects have made academia stifling, and more. Richard Florida is University Professor at the University of Toronto's School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, as well as a Distinguished Fellow at NYU's Schack School of Real Estate. And, as you'll see, he's also a hell of a nice guy.


The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida

Who’s Your City by Richard Florida

Jason Rentfrow’s Google Scholar page

Triumph of the City by Ed Glaeser

Jonathan Miller on Real Estate after the Pandemic, Bloomberg Masters in Business podcast

Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci

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Music: Dig Deep by RW Smith