Shakir scanned the crowd, tapping her pen on the table. It was
her turn. It was hot - too hot, an early-summer evening scorcher. All
the chairs were filled. Latecomers spilled out the back and on to the
gritty sidewalks on Bloor St. W. near Lansdowne. She stood. "I am the
creative city," she said. Laughter. "That's what Richard Florida says.
I make it really exotic."....
Popular urbanist trend-spotter (and -maker) Richard Florida has sided with Roberta Brandes Gratz, Gregory Rodriguez, Richard Layman and yours truly in questioning the wisdom of giving up on large, central-city segments of hollowed-out (not "shrinking," a misnomer) metropolitan regions, demolishing vacant (and in some cases even occupied) building stock.... Read On
The annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading venue for New Urbanist education, collaboration, and networking. CNU members come from around the world to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform our communities.
I am generally a fan of the American Prospect and a very big fan of the people who work there, but the magazine's latest issue, which highlights "The Post-Boom City" on the cover strikes me as a whiff all the way around. I discuss the Special Report on manufacturing here, but I also want to say a few things about Alec MacGillis' piece on Richard Florida and urban development.... Read On
Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman who worked for two presidents, was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, marking a new path for a city that has, for 22 years, been led by a singular, powerful force, Richard M. Daley. ..
In a plastic tent under a glorious desert sky, Richard Lee preached the gospel of the second chance. The chance to make money on the next housing boom "is like it's never been," Mr. Lee, a real estate promoter, assured a crowd of agents, investors and bankers. "We're going to come back like you've never seen us before."... Read On
This week, the Atlantic hosted its "Future of the City" conference in downtown D.C. The speaker included a roster of heavy hitters like Valerie Jarrett, Volkswagen Group President and CEO Stefan Jacoby, the Brookings Institution's Christopher Leinberger, and the obligatory high-charisma appearance by Richard Florida.... Read On
I came across a blog post this morning that I was simply going to tweet or facebook. But then an idea occurred to me - I should use that blog as a template for something about here. Richard Layman is "an urban/commercial district revitalization and transportation/mobility advocate and consultant, based in Washington, DC." What he espouses - in this article and in general - is something I have been advocating here... Read On
When analysing markets, it's important to remember that there is both a supply side and a demand side. Economists know this. But sometimes they forget. Wendell Cox (who is not an economist) could be forgiven for forgetting about the supply side, but Richard Green should know better...