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International Bestseller

All places are not created equal.

In this groundbreaking book, Richard Florida shows that where we live is increasingly a crucial factor in our lives, one that fundamentally affects our professional and personal prospects. As well as explaining why place matters now more than ever, Whos Your City? provides indispensable tools to help you choose the right place for you.

Its a cliché of the information age that globalization has made place irrelevant, that one can telecommute as effectively from New Zealand as New York. But its not true, Richard Florida argues, relying on twenty years of innovative research in urban studies, creativity, and demographic trends. In fact, as new units of economic growth called mega-regions become increasingly specialized, the world is becoming more and more “spiky” — divided between flourishing clusters of talent, education and competitiveness, and moribund “valleys.”

All these places have personalities, Richard Florida explains in the second half of Whos Your City?, and happiness depends on finding the city in which you can balance your personal and career goals to thrive. More people than ever before now have the opportunity to choose where to live, but at different points in our lives we need different kinds of places, he points out — what a couple of recent college graduates want from their city isnt necessarily what a retiree is looking for. You have to find the place that suits you best: a boho-burb neighbourhood isnt likely to be the best fit for patio man.

So, for the first time, Whos Your City? ranks cities by their fitness for various life stages, rating the best places for singles, young families, and empty nesters. It summarizes the key factors that make place matter to different kinds of people, from professional opportunities to the closeness of family to how well it matches their lifestyle, and provides an in-depth series of steps to help you choose the right place wisely.

Sparkling with Richard Floridas signature intellectual originality, Whos Your City? moves from insights to studies to personal anecdotes, from a startling “Singles Map” of the United States to surprising data on the difference aesthetics makes to peoples sense of place. A perceptive and transformative book, it is both a brilliant exploration of the fundamental importance of place and an essential guide to making what may be the most important decision of your life.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard Florida, Author, Who's Your City? and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Richard Florida is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. Esquire Magazine recently named him one of the 'Best and Brightest' in America. He is author of the national and international best-selling book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which received the Washington Monthly's Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review. His ideas have been featured in major ad campaigns and such as BMW and are being used globally to change the way regions, nations, and companies compete.

He is founder of the Creative Class Group, an advisory services firm, charting new trends in business and community.

Richard is a regular columnist with the Globe and Mail newspaper and has written articles for the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the Boston Globe and the Financial Times. His new book, Who's Your City? has been hailed a National Best-Seller, an International Best-Seller and Amazon Book of the Month.

Richard has also been appointed to the Business Innovation Factory's Research Advisory Council and recently named European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.

He is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously, Florida held professorships at Carnegie Mellon University, a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT, and a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution. Florida earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

1 The Question of Where

Part I:Why Place Matters

2 Spiky World

3 Rise of the Mega-Region

4 The Clustering Force

Part II:The Wealth of Place

5 The Mobile and the Rooted

6 Where the Brains Are

7 Job-Shift

8 Superstar Cities

Part III:The Geography of Happiness

9 Shiny Happy Places

10 Beyond Maslows City

Part IV:Where We Live Now

12 Three Big Moves

13 The Young and the Restless

14 Married with Children

15 When the Kids Are Gone

16 Place Yourself

Acknowledgments

Appendices

Notes

Index

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307356970
Subtitle:
How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life
Author:
Florida, Richard
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090324
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
30 LINE ART B/W
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.2 x 5.95 x 1.05 in 1.1 lb

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