Call for Ideas Lens: Smart Growth

Statement on Smart Growth

By Richard Florida


The clustering of industry, economic activity, and talented and ambitious people in cities is now the basic engine of innovation and economic growth. New Orleans' ability to grow smartly to help concentrate talented people together, enabling them to combine and recombine their ideas and effort, will be essential for increasing the region's innovation and productivity in the future.


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Richard Florida. Photograph by Lorne Bridgman.  

Richard Florida is a University Professor and Director of Cities at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. He is also co-founder and editor at large of CityLab and a senior editor at The Atlantic.