The clustering of people, companies and assets have always been far stronger than any plague or infectious disease, said leading urbanist Richard Florida. He shared his predictions of how the Covid-recovering 2020s will mimic the “Roaring 20s” that followed the end of the Spanish Flu, which was characterized by tremendous, but unequal, economic growth. Post-Covid, he sees a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to reimagine and rebuild our communities and workplaces to address issues such walkability, innovation, and equity.
About Richard Florida
Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists.
He is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and a Faculty Chair at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate.
He is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award winning "The Rise of the Creative Class" and his most recent book, "The New Urban Crisis." He is co-founder of CityLab, the leading publication devoted to cities and urbanism.
He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.
About the Kinder Institute Forum
The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series brings thought leaders from around the world to Houston to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing us today. Previous KI Forum speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond, global urbanist Richard Florida, Kresge Foundation senior fellow Carol Coletta, former Detroit city planner Maurice Cox, sociologist Eric Klinenberg and New York City Park Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver.
PNC Bank is the title sponsor of the 2021 Kinder Institute Forum series. This program is eligible for 1 CM credit from the American Planning Association.