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Richard Florida Resets

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Economic crises present opportunities for social and economic resets. Author and economic development expert Richard Florida gives his view of what's ahead in his new book, The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity.

What's your reset look like? What do you see in the crystal ball?  After the economy resets, where will we be living and working in 20 years? Let us know!

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Richard Florida

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Comments [11]

ardele lister from brooklyn

I didn't listen to the whole show nor have i read his book but i'm always amazed at how people think the engine of this great city is money.. plain and simple. the culture industry is responsible for a huge percentage of the money that comes in to ny and generates income for ny. (i don't know the stats but i'm sure they're available). Artists and other makers of culture are always what resuscitates ny. Having been here since the mid-70s I remember well how NY was for sale, dangerous, and broke but the art scene was vital and artists flocked to the city, making habitation out of previously uninhabitable places (later sold for millions of dollars...), some of whom were making art that now fetches millions at auction.... Do not underestimate the power of art!

Apr. 27 2010 05:23 PM
Colin from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

What is Richard Florida smoking? Without a strong union movement or equivlent there is no way you are going to make those service jobs at Best Buy and others "good jobs". Like what happen to his father's job at the optical factory in Newark. Without good public schools and strong Gov't support for higher education there is no way that most kids can aspire to those great creative jobs that Mr. Florida keep toting. Like what happen to him personally in getting that Garden State Scholarship to Rutgers Univ.. Those avenues have been destroyed are now under instense attack (Read Gov. Christy, the Tea Party Movement, etc.).

Apr. 27 2010 12:34 PM
john

florida is blowing smoke up our asses and simply using seductive language to sell a raw deal. he is advocating an order where a majority without options serve a free and resource rich minority such as the one he belongs to. service jobs suck. factory jobs suck. better wages may make them more palatable but the jobs suck unless of course you were put on this planet only to rear children and do the job of a machine and repeat the exact same task every ten seconds.

Apr. 27 2010 12:06 PM
Alan from Flemington, NJ

I wonder how you intend to make all those low wage jobs good jobs....increase the wages and benefits?? That will drive up prices as retailers cover the higher costs. In the case of manufacturing, it will surely make US manufactured products less price competitive. Ultimately wages can only increase with productivity

Apr. 27 2010 11:51 AM
Kate Perry from Brooklyn

Are we really undergoing a reset?
Many points of view indicate a re growing bubble

Apr. 27 2010 11:29 AM
robert from park slope

I believe that Toronto has some advantages in creating a egalitarian society: dependable public schools -- even in poorer neighborhoods -- and universal health care (single payer)

Apr. 27 2010 11:28 AM
mk

I grew up and lived in Toronto for 25 years. I've been in NYC for about four.

What Mr. Florida just said about T.O. is utter malarky. If anything, Toronto is much more obviously gentrified than New York, and the "public" space is more or managed by private security firms. There is nothing socially progressive about that city and certainly nothing for New York to envy or emulate.

Apr. 27 2010 11:27 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Bail out? IRT BRT BMT IND all were taken over by government that right wing reactionaries despise.
Would they rather walk? We need exercise.
Labor Unions would help us retrieve some good paying jobs.
We overeat-serve less food-get thinner like the awful socialist Europeans. Life is truly horrible with 6 weeks paid vacation and full subsidized health care in most countries.
No, they are not perfect. Let's perfect their problems, but, get moving!

Apr. 27 2010 11:25 AM
Jackson Duri from Long Branch

I was a contracted paralegal at DYFS. I got laid off so I am resetting by going back to school to b e a nurse anesthesiology, hopefully I can benefit from the health care legislation.

Apr. 27 2010 11:18 AM
Andy B. from New York City

How do you make semi-skilled jobs into living wage jobs?

Only one possible way. Eliminate illegal immigration. Simple economics.

Apr. 27 2010 11:15 AM
williamx from williamxburg

Richard!
We met here a few years ago and shared a cab with the former pres. of the RFCG. Hope Toronto is going well. It is my second favorite city.

I am working on defining a project: the NORTH BROOKLYN CREATIVE ECONOMY ZONE.

We have it all here in Williamsburg/Greenpoint - Xcept the possibility of a SUSTAINABLE environment for growth and innovation. All the young techies, musicians, artists, creatives want to come and stay here but new zoning, unimaginative governance and a total lack of planning are turning North Brooklyn in to a inner ring commuter suburb instead of the vibrant cultural economic engine of the new global city.

Thoughts?
Can we talk?

Apr. 27 2010 11:07 AM

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