60. The Adventure of Richard Florida and the New Urban Crisis
This week, I'm talking to one of the stars of the cities world. Richard Florida is a professor of urban studies at the University of Toronto, as well as the co-founder and editor-at-large of CityMetric's esteemed American rival, CityLab. He was in London this week to promote his new book, The New Urban Crisis.I was lucky enough to grab half an hour with him, albeit in a fairly noisy hotel bar. (Ah well, at least you can tell it's real.) Richard tells me how "superstar cities" like London, New York and San Francisco can deal with the problems of their success, such as unaffordable housing; as well as what those cities which have been left behind can do to catch up. You can read my review of The New Urban Crisis here. Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman's cities site, CityMetric. It's hosted by Jonn Elledge.