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The New Urban Crisis

Richard Florida, one of the world's leading urbanists and author of The Rise of the Creative Class, confronts the dark side of the back-to-the-city movement.

Richard Florida

In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. and yet all is not well. In The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement, demonstrates how the forces that drive urban growth also generate cities' vexing challenges, such as gentrification, segregation, and inequality. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighbourhoods everywhere are disappearing. We must rebuild cities and suburbs by empowering them to address their challenges.

The New Urban Crisis is a bracingly original work of research and analysis that offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring prosperity for all. (From Basic Books)

Interviews with Richard Florida

Why is the city you live in the most important decision of your life? Richard Florida explains. 13:40
Richard Florida: how high house prices hold us back 9:38
Canadian rapper Shad on why he's reading Richard Florida's The New Urban Crisis. 1:29

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