The New Urban Crisis

The New Urban Crisis

How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

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, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis. Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, demonstrates how the same forces that power the growth of the world’s superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighborhoods everywhere are disappearing. Our winner-take-all cities are just one manifestation of a profound crisis in today’s urbanized knowledge economy.

A bracingly original work of research and analysis, 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.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Sociology / Urban

On Sale: April 11th 2017

Price: $28

Page Count: 336

ISBN-13: 9780465079742

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Named one of BLOOMBERG's Must Reads of 2017
Wall Street Journal:
"The New Urban Crisis bracingly confronts this tension between big-city elites and the urban underclass...Mr. Florida is right that there are really twin crises: inequality and segregation... The government should concentrate on helping poor people, not poor places. After all, the American economy will not benefit from stemming the flow of people from less productive places to more productive ones. The answer instead is, as Mr. Florida nicely puts it in his conclusion, a 'new and better urbanism.'"
The Washington Post:
"[Richard 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."

Kirkus Reviews:
"Florida draws subtle, thoughtful inferences from his research, and he writes in slick, approachable prose...Throughout, the author remains an idealistic, perceptive observer of cities' transformations. A sobering account of inequality and spatial conflict rising against a cultural backdrop of urban change."
Library Journal:
"Urban planners should consider the case being made for the need to address a new urban crisis. A thought-provoking work for those interested in all stages of urban planning and placemaking."
Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic:
"I loved The New Urban Crisis. Richard Florida writes about the tensions and the divides that have emerged within and between cities, between the broader community-and I felt it throughout the book and loved it."
The Englewood Review of Books:
"A keen assessment of the state of global cities in 2017, and a vision for how they need to move forward."

California Planning & Development Report:
"The New Urban Crisis provides a tidy, timely summary of the current urban problem, in all its enormity."
"The New Urban Crisis deserves to stand alongside Thomas Piketty's Capital In The Twenty-First Century as an essential diagnosis of our contemporary ills, and a clear-eyed prescription of how to cure them. It's also a rare and compelling example of a great intellect displaying the courage to re-think his older ideas in the face of changing circumstances. Anyone interested in the crisis of inequality and in the vitality of our cities will want to read this book."
-Steven Johnson, author of How We Got To Now and Where Good Ideas Come From
"Richard Florida offers a brilliant assessment of the varied and evolving challenges facing our cities today. At a time when cities are more important than ever to our economic and political future, The New Urban Crisis is essential reading for urban leaders and all city-dwellers."
-Richard M. Daley, former mayor of Chicago
"Richard Florida demonstrates again that he is one of the most discerning (and provocative) observers of the great metropolitan migrations of the past 60 years. Using masses of carefully curated demographic data, he identifies the winners and losers of the widespread 'urban resurgence' of the past couple of decades. His observations are disquieting on many levels, and Florida doesn't shy away from proposing bold and sometimes costly solutions. The New Urban Crisis is certain to be one of the most widely debated books of the year."
-Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado
"Cities 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
"Richard Florida is the great pioneer thinker who first explained how the influx of creative people was reviving cities. Now he takes the next step: looking for ways to make this urbanism more inclusive. Florida takes a hard look at the problems and, as usual, comes up with some smart new policies. Making cities work for all residents is one of the great economic, political, and moral issues of our time."
-Walter Isaacson
"This is the book we have been waiting for. Richard Florida is the greatest American urbanist of our time. In this book, he thoughtfully and forcefully confronts how Americans' return to our cities has brought incredible cultural and economic renewal but without careful and thoughtful land use, infrastructure, and economic justice initiatives, this renewal is leaving a disappearing middle class in its wake. This is an indispensable read for policy makers, students, educators, and all urban dwellers alike. Florida sketches an urgent roadmap to ensure that America's urban revival brings prosperity to everyone, not just a few."
-Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles
"A sweeping narrative of the most significant human movement of our times: global urbanization. Richard Florida lays out with unassailable facts and clear vision the convergence of an urgent human development-the drive for more livable cities and the quest for a more sustainable planet. Clear, compelling, and full of vision."
-Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland
"Perceptions of urban crisis are steeped in the past, dominated by images of deindustrialization, economic decline, high crime, the hollowing out of cities, and rampant suburbanization. Urban divergence is the reality today-superstar cities like New York are thriving like never before while other cities continue to languish. Suburban communities are also tackling problems once thought unique to cities, and as the recent presidential election revealed, the divide between urban and rural has deepened. The urbanist Richard Florida, famous for his work on the creative class, turns his attention in The New Urban Crisis to the paradox of our times-the "clustering force" of concentrated talent and economic activity is simultaneously an engine for urban growth and a driver of inequality. Not everyone will agree, but the general public, leaders, and students of cities will profit by engaging his provocative data and ideas. Don't be fooled by the title-crisis is double-edged and at the end, Florida lays out an ambitious but concrete plan for a renewed and more equitable urbanism. Rather than provoking angst, The New Urban Crisis is an inspired and pointed call to action."
-Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University and author of Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect
"Our ability to innovate and grow our economy and job base will be a result of our ability to educate and cluster talent and reimagine our infrastructure, while having a diverse work force with access to transit systems and housing to support that growth. In his new book, Richard Florida does an incredible job in not only laying out these issues facing the great urbanization of America with compelling data, but in offering thoughtful solutions to the challenges and opportunities."
-Jodie W. McLean, Chief Executive Officer, EDENS
"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