Never before have our cities been as important as they are now. The drivers of innovation and growth, they are essential to the prosperity of nations. But they are also destructive, plunging us into housing crises and deepening inequality. How can we keep the good and break free of the bad?
In this bracingly original work of research and analysis, leading urbanist Richard Florida explores the roots of this new crisis and puts forward a plan to make this the century of the fairer, thriving metropolis.
‘Richard Florida is the great pioneer thinker who first explained how the influx of creative people was reviving cities…[he] takes a hard look at the problems and, as usual, comes up with some smart new policies.’(Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of The Innovators)
‘Deserves to stand alongside Thomas Piketty’s Capital as an essential diagnosis of our contemporary ills, and a clear-eyed prescription of how to cure them… Anyone interested in the crisis of inequality and in the vitality of our cities will want to read this book.’(Steven Johnson, bestselling author of How We Got To Now)
‘A powerful account – packed with evidence – of the forces driving urban segregation and deepening inequality and the way private wealth and power outflanks the poor and powerless.’(Stewart Lansley, author of A Sharing Economy and co-author of Breadline Britain)
‘Like the superstar cities it describes, this book is dense, complex and stimulating. Florida’s well-researched and fluent exposé of inequality is a wake-up call to all the major actors engaged in planning, designing and managing cities in the 21st century.’(Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics)
‘Using data as his torch, Richard Florida shines a light on one of the great challenges of our century.’(Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City)
‘Bracingly confronts this tension between big-city elites and the urban underclass.’(Wall Street Journal)
‘The New Urban Crisis is well worth reading for the original research, clear-headed critique and the skilled analysis of solid data… Florida writes in personally positioned transparent language without taking refuge in academic jargon, making the book accessible to a broad audience.’(New York Journal of Books)
‘Cites are engines for prosperity and progress, but it’s essential that the benefits extend far and wide. Florida proposes promising ideas for building stronger cities that offer greater opportunities for all.’(Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City)
‘[Florida] vividly expose[s] how gentrification, followed by rising housing costs, concentrated affluence and glaring inequality, has pushed the displaced into deteriorating suburbs far from mass transit, employment, services and decent schools… [The New Urban Crisis is] nuanced and proposes solutions.’(Washington Post)