The Rush To Downtown Is Alive And Well



Urbanist and popular writer Richard Florida maintains that the rush to the inner city has abated.

This professor disagrees:

A few weeks ago, Richard Florida wrote in the New York Times that the ‘urban tide has crested.” In support of this claim, he cites the Brookings Institution’s compilation of data discussing 2016 Census estimates.

But if you look more closely at the data (at Table 1 in the Brookings article), it tells a more modest tale. First, it shows that the overwhelming majority of central cities are still growing: in 50-plus metro areas examined, only 13 central cities lost population. If you had told your average scholar in 1980 that 80 percent of central cities would be gaining population a few decades later, he or she probably would have suggested psychiatric help. In the 20 largest metro areas, central cities declined in only three—Chicago, plus the always-declining St. Louis and Detroit. Even long-suffering Snow Belt cities like Cincinnati and Philadelphia gained population.

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3 thoughts on “The Rush To Downtown Is Alive And Well

  1. I have seen Florida and heard him on TV. I think he is “pollyanish” in his observations and forecasts. That is my “take” on him.

  2. Mr. Florida does have interesting ideas but as is the case with any theorist, I may not agree with some of his generalizations, nor do I need to. I do understand his Creative Class concept although his generalizations about who form that class leave a little to be desired.

    I can’t disagree with the idea of fostering cities that are progressive and personalized.

    And, one does not need to be a musician or artist to be a creative bohemian.



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