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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 <a href="" rel="nofollow"><em></em></a> and Senior Editor at <a href="" rel="nofollow"><em>The Atlantic</em></a>. He is director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Martin Prosperity Institute</a> at the <a href="" rel="nofollow">University of Toronto</a> and Global Research Professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow">NYU-SCPS</a>. He is the author of <a href="" rel="nofollow"><em>The Rise of the Creative Class</em></a> and founder of the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Creative Class Group</a>, which advises cities, governments, companies and non-profits around the world.
For Competitiveness' Sake, Restore the Canadian

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
What I Would Change About Mayors in

What I Would Change About Mayors in Canada

<img alt="2013-06-23-blog_canada_day_v02.gif" src="" width="300" height="70" />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

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
05/21/2013 07:26 EDT
Casinos Ruin

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
Canada's Greatest Competitive Advantage? Our

Canada's Greatest Competitive Advantage? Our Creativity

<img alt="2012-07-19-RichardFloridabook.jpg" src="" width="85" height="128" /style="float: left; margin:10px"> 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

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