The New Urban Crisis
Keynote: Monday, October 23, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Named the world’s most influential thought leader by an MIT study and boasting a TIME magazine recognition naming his Twitter feed one of the 140 most influential in the world, Richard Florida can be easily dubbed one of the most modern urbanists. He serves as an editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as editor-at-large for CityLab. Most recently, he published The New Urban Crisis, which is an embodiment of his research dissecting the decline of middle-class neighborhoods and the growth of cities, for better or for worse.
In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. One of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, Florida believes that the same forces that power the growth of the world's superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality. Florida’s research focuses on the challenges that face urban cities, ranging from unaffordability to gentrification; his findings have allowed him to receive credit as the foreseer of the back-to-the-city movement discussed in his earlier works. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighborhoods everywhere are disappearing. Florida's keynote, The New Urban Crisis, offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all.