Richard Florida on What Leadership Can Do for Your City
In his new book, Who’s Your City
, author Richard Florida
says the creative economy is making where you live the most important decision of your life.
The world is not just flat
, but also spiky, he argues, as today’s key economic indicators—talent, innovation and creativity — are concentrated in strategic areas, not spread out evenly across the world. He brands the mega-regions in the world, including the Chicago-Pittsburgh corridor (Chi-Pitts), which is the third largest. And he ranks American cities for best places to live at different stages of life. Regions, like people, have distinct personalities, according to researchers. While New York and the West Coast have a concentration of those open to experience, our region is dominated more by conscientious folks.
From the wealth of place to the geography of happiness, Florida spins a new way of looking at our place in the world today. Is it for real? Or as Steven Colbert joked at the end of his humorous interview, which is in the book, is he simply a “gay, bohemian artist who just wants to sell his house?”
We recently interviewed the author — who went out of his way to point out that the good life can be found in places like Detroit.
So now that you were on the Colbert Report, does that preclude you from going on the Daily Show?
We wondered that, too! We’re working on that as we speak.