Archinect - News 2017-10-23T16:42:08-04:00 Richard Florida on the fragility of the Urban Revival Alexander Walter 2017-09-06T15:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T22:30:51-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For all the concern about the gentrification, rising housing prices and the growing gap between the rich and poor in our leading cities, an even bigger threat lies on the horizon: The urban revival that swept across America over the past decade or two may be in danger. As it turns out, the much-ballyhooed new age of the city might be giving way to a great urban stall-out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Richard Florida paints a gloomy picture of the state of the great American urban revival in his <em>NYT</em> op-ed, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Urban Revival Is Over</a>," citing gentrification, income disparity, rising crime numbers, unaffordable housing prices, and the anti-urban agenda of the current White House tenants. <br></p> <p>Joe Cortright, over at <em>City Observatory</em>, offers a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good analysis</a> of Florida's piece; breaking down numbers, highlighting statistics, weighing in on the crime numbers claim, and easing the general dystopian mood: "Rather than proclaiming the end of the urban revival, Florida&rsquo;s evidence really makes the case for a renewed national commitment to building more great urban neighborhoods."<br></p> 'The New Urban Crisis' as Richard Florida's mea culpa Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T16:35:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After fifteen years of development plans tailored to the creative classes, Florida surveys an urban landscape in ruins. The story of London is the story of Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Sydney. When the rich, the young, and the (mostly) white rediscovered the city, they created rampant property speculation, soaring home prices, and mass displacement. The &ldquo;creative class&rdquo; were just the rich all along, or at least the college-educated children of the rich.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Richard Frorida's latest book,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Urban Crisis</a>,&nbsp;represents the culmination of this long mea culpa. Though he stops just short of saying it, he all but admits that he was wrong. He argues that the creative classes have grabbed hold of many of the world&rsquo;s great cities and choked them to death. As a result, the fifty largest metropolitan areas house just 7 percent of the world&rsquo;s population but generate 40 percent of its growth. These &ldquo;superstar&rdquo; cities are becoming gated communities, their vibrancy replaced with deracinated streets full of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnbs</a> and empty summer homes. Meanwhile, drug addiction and gang violence have spread to the suburbs. &ldquo;Much more than a crisis of cities,&rdquo; he writes, &ldquo;the New Urban Crisis is the central crisis of our time&rdquo; &mdash; &ldquo;a crisis of the suburbs, of urbanization itself and of contemporary capitalism writ large.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The author offers both&mdash;specific solutions like more affordable housing, more investment in infrastructure, and higher pay for service jobs&mdash;and va...</p> Too many people today conflate density with height. Nam Henderson 2012-05-16T23:54:00-04:00 >2012-05-17T08:00:17-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The urban tech districts that are emerging today, from SoMa in San Francisco to New York&rsquo;s Silicon Alley and London&rsquo;s Silicon Roundabout, are housed in similarly walkable, low to mid-story neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Richard Florida looks at recent writing by Edward Glaeser, Edward McMahon and Jonah Lehrer regarding the desirability and effects of density. He concludes that there are limits to the usefulness of density as a frame of reference.</p>