The Great Reset by Richard Florida

 

Any regular reader of the blog will know that i’m a big fan of the author Richard Florida.  Florida has written a number of outstanding books such as The Creative Classor Who’s Your City?.  Both books have a heavy urban focus and discuss why certain people decide on certain places to live or the new ways in which the current generations choose to live.

For his latest book, The Great Reset, Florida focuses on the recent recession and how it will change our economy and the way we live.  I have currently read half the book and am once again enthralled with the subject matter.  Florida relates our current recession to the last two economic crashes (The Great Depression and the Long Depression of the 1870′s) and discusses how these troubled times often brought about the greatest innovation that helped shape how people would live in the future.

As with any of his other books, Florida discusses a number of different urban issues.  He touches on the decline of the rust belt cities such as Detroit or Buffalo and the reasons for their decline.  Perhaps more intriguing is Florida’s focus on the decline of many of the sun belt cities such as Phoenix or Miami which were almost solely driven by real estate in the last decade.  Now that the recession has hit, property prices in these places have been decimated and unlike cities like San Francisco, Boston or Houston, they don’t have much else to rely on economically.

I will provide another post when I finish the book, but for the time being, I recommend anyone who is a fan of Richard Florida or a fan of social economics to pick up a copy of The Great Reset.

The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home

 

I have recently begun reading the rather entertaining book ‘The Global Soul’ by Pico Iyer and must say that I am rather impressed.  The book focuses on the (fairly new) concept of displaced individuals who are unable to identify themselves with a certain place and locations that have become less and less identifiable to any particular region.  ‘The Global Soul’ devotes entire chapters to exploring these relationships in a number of places including the LAX aiport, Atlanta (during the Olympics) and my current hometown of Toronto.  The Toronto chapter is particularly intriguing as it discusses the status of Toronto as a multicultural hub and how it has become a destination where a number of people from around the world have found a home away from home.  As someone who has lived in several different places within the last 5 years, the book does touch home ever so slightly.  Most of all, however, ‘The Global Soul’ is a very enthralling read and one I would highly recommend to those interested in the relationship between people and place.