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Richard Florida

Director MPI at U of T, Senior Editor, The Atlantic and Professor, NYU

Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at NYU-SCPS. He is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class and founder of the Creative Class Group, which advises cities, governments, companies and non-profits around the world.

How Well Did Canada Really Do in the Rio Games?

In many ways this summer's Olympics was a banner games for Canada. Sixteen-year-old Penny Oleksiak hauled in four medals including tying for gold in the women's 100 meter free-style swim. Sprinter And...
08/22/2016 04:23 EDT
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For Competitiveness' Sake, Restore the Canadian Census

Stephen Harper's Conservative government is quick to tout all it has done to improve Canada's economic competitiveness. But like competitive companies, competitive national economies require solid economic data. In scrapping the long-form census, the Harper administration has threatened the country's long-term economic prosperity.
01/29/2015 01:24 EST
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What I Would Change About Mayors in Canada

Though this might have a counterintuitive ring, Canada's mayors -- the people who are directly responsible for Canada's cities and the most accountable to their citizens -- should have the power to make decisions about local needs and infrastructure, and the ability to raise the money they need to carry out their plans.
06/24/2013 12:16 EDT

Saving Capitalism from Itself

This piece originally appeared in the Toronto Star. You don't have to be a Marxist to wonder if capitalism has run its course. Though the stock market is soaring the economic recovery is jobless, mill...
05/21/2013 07:26 EDT
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Casinos Ruin Cities

Toronto's business leaders like to think that they are helping to build a great global city, but casino building is city-ruining of the highest order. A downtown casino will tear holes in Toronto's urban fabric, create more costs than benefits, and send the message that Toronto is on the wrong track.
04/17/2013 06:30 EDT
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Canada's Greatest Competitive Advantage? Our Creativity

We are living through a massive structural transformation of the economy, similar in scale and scope to the shift from the Agricultural to the Industrial Age. Canada is shifting from the Industrial to the Creative Age, in which creativity has become the decisive source of competitive advantage.
07/19/2012 12:08 EDT

Canada's Most Creative Cities

In this exclusive excerpt for HuffPost from Richard Florida's new book, the author reveals that scientists and engineers, architects and designers, artists and entertainers and the growing ranks of professional knowledge workers -- what he labels as The Creative Class" -- now number more than five million in Canada, or roughly 30 per cent of the workforce. So where do they live?
07/12/2012 12:13 EDT