Thursday, February 26, 2009

Geography really is Destiny

How will different parts of the county survive in the current economic crises?  Will cities and suburbs have to reinvent themselves and how has the physical character and geography of the country shaped consumption, production and innovation?  

Richard Florida, one of our nations leading urban theorists, and the author of Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life,argues that to a surprising degree, the cause of the current crash is geographic in nature and that comming out of the recession will will require a "new kind of geography," what he calls a "spatial fix." He lays all of this out in the cover story in the March issue of the The Atlantic entitled  THE GREAT RESET: How the Crash will Reshape America.

My fascinating conversation with Richard Florida: