A New Urban Future with Richard Florida


Thursday, April 13, 2017
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Program

1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Join the Arts + Business Council, a Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia in bringing the business, legal, technology, and creative communities together for an event on advancing more inclusive cities, and urban economies, capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all, featuring Richard Florida, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, Global Research Professor, New York University and Co-Founder and Senior Editor, The Atlantic City Lab.

In The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida demonstrates how the same forces that power the growth of the world’s superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality. Across nearly every metro area, middle-class neighborhoods are disappearing. Our cities and suburbs are being replaced by a patchwork metropolis, in which small areas of privilege are surrounded by vast swaths of poverty and disadvantage. The rise of a winner-take-all-urbanism, with a small group of winners and a much larger span of losers, signals a profound crisis of today’s urbanized knowledge economy that threatens our economic future and way of life.

The only way forward is to devise a new model of urbanism that encourages innovation and wealth creation while generating good jobs, rising living standards, and a better way of life for everyone. We must break down the barriers separating rich from poor and rebuild the middle class by investing in infrastructure, building more housing, reforming zoning and tax laws, and developing a new national urban policy.

**VIP Tickets include premier seating and access to a post-event book signing with Richard Florida.**

This event is presented in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater PHiladelphia's Roadmap for Growth. The Roadmap for Growth is a multiyear initiative led by the Chamber to pursue a shared agenda across the city that seeks to improve the city’s economic and civic life. It is driven by the Roadmap for Growth Action Team, a diverse group of Chamber members led by Comcast Corporation’s David L. Cohen and The Philadelphia Foundation’s Pedro A. Ramos. Through partnering with neighborhood and civic groups, the action team identifies tangible ways for communities, businesses and the public sector to partner on identifying priorities and effecting change through diversity and inclusion, community involvement and a cohesive sense of urgency.


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Registration ends Thursday, April 13, 2017

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