About this Course
Welcome to The City and You: Find Your Best Place. I'm excited to have you in the class and look forward to your contributions to the other learners in our community. This free course will provide the knowledge and the tools needed to understand what cities do, why they matter, the forces shaping the greatest wave of urbanization in history, and how to pick the right place for you. The course will also help you develop critical thinking skills. We'll accomplish this by providing evidence of the importance of cities, and why and how they matter to you. Then we’ll ask you to apply what you’ve learned in an exercise which will help you assess your own community and find your best place. This course is accessible and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about cities and the ways they affect our lives. It is organized around five key modules: (1) Why Cities Matter, (2) A World of Cities, (3) The Creative City, (4) The Divided City and the New Urban Crisis, and (5) How to Find the Best Place for You. After completing the course, you will be able to: (1) Identify why cities are the drivers of economic prosperity; (2) Explain the drivers and implications of fast-growing urbanization worldwide; (3) Outline the key characteristics of a creative and innovative city; (4) Describe the social divides and challenges facing cities and the solutions cities are using to address them; and (5) Recognize the trade-offs of staying in your current city versus moving, and identify the best place for you and your family to live. Good luck as you get started, and I hope you enjoy the course!
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Approx. 18 hours to complete

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Approx. 18 hours to complete

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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

Why Cities Matter

This session will help you to understand the importance of cities for both the economy and society, as well as, you and your family. Today, more than three and a half billion people live in cities, which is more than half of the world's population. That figure is projected to rise to as many as 10 billion people or 85 percent of the world's population over the next century. Cities are our premier platforms for generating new innovations, higher levels of economic growth, and new and better jobs. We will discuss why and how cities are important, and why picking the right city to live is important to your career, well-being, and life....
Reading
7 videos (Total 36 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
What The City and You is About & How It Will Benefit You (Instructor Video)3m
Why Cities Matter (Instructor Video)8m
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - Cohort 16m
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - Cohort 23m
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - Cohort 34m
Richard Florida Week 1 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition9m
Reading6 readings
Course Syllabus15m
Why Cities Matter10m
What Makes for a Great City10m
Triumph of the City15m
Jane Jacobs - Who Changed the Way We Think About Cities15m
Optional Activity: Living Atlas10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Pause and Reflect: Should You Stay or Move?10m
Why Cities Matter10m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

A World of Cities

This session will help you understand the opportunities and challenges of urbanization around the world. Global urbanization has the power to lift living standards, create economic opportunity and jobs, reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency, and make the world safer. But, many cities in the developing world remain poor, with millions of people crowded into global slums. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 41 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Opportunities & Challenges of Global Cities (Instructor Video: includes discussion of the exercise for this week)4m
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - Cohort 17m
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - Cohort 25m
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - Cohort 34m
Richard Florida Week 2 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition9m
Reading6 readings
The World is Spiky15m
Planet of Cities10m
Urbanization Without Growth10m
The Problem of Global Slums10m
Why Cities Matter in the Developing World10m
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Population Density Map10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Pause and Reflect: Tell Us about Your Global City10m
A World of Cities12m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

The Creative City

Cities have been the fonts of creativity since the dawn of civilization. The clustering of creative people in them and the diversity they bring is what drives key advances in arts, culture, and technology. These wellsprings of human progress have always occurred in our great cities from Athens and Rome to London, New York, and the emerging economies in Asia. This session will help you better understand how the clustering of diverse groups of creative people in cities spurs artistic achievement, scientific and technological advance, and human progress....
Reading
7 videos (Total 44 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Technology, Talent and Tolerance in the Creative City (Instructor Video)7m
How Cities Spur Creativity (Instructor Video: includes discussion of the exercise for this week)4m
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up- Cohort 17m
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up- Cohort 24m
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up- Cohort 32m
Richard Florida Week 3 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition8m
Reading6 readings
Creativity and Cities10m
Global Startup Cities10m
The Urban Tech Revolution10m
The Geography of Innovation10m
Optional Activity - UNESCO Creative Cities Network15m
Innovation10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Pause and Reflect: Your Creative City10m
On the Creative City10m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

The New Urban Crisis

This session will help you better understand the New Urban Crisis and the growing economic divides that challenge cities today. In the second half of the 20th century, society was divided between poorer cities and richer suburbs. But, over the past decade or so, affluent and educated people have flocked back to urban centers pushing poverty out to the suburbs. Today, middle-class neighborhoods are in decline and our societies are defined by small areas of concentrated advantaged surrounded by much larger areas of concentrated disadvantage spanning the city and its suburb alike....
Reading
6 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Gentrification and the Divided City (Instructor Video: includes discussion of the exercise for this module)4m
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-Up- Cohort 17m
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-Up Cohort 211m
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-Up Cohort 35m
Richard Florida Week 4 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition8m
Reading5 readings
Why America's Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer15m
How Expensive Housing is Stifling of Creativity of Cities15m
The Divided City15m
Confronting the New Urban Crisis15m
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Wealth Divides10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Pause and Reflect: The Divides and Challenges of Your City10m
The New Urban Crisis10m

5

Section
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5 hours to complete

Find Your Best Place

This session will help you understand the importance of where you live to your life and career. We each make three big decisions in our lives: our career, our choice of life-partner, and the place (city and neighborhood) where we live. We get lots of advice on the first two, but little on the third. Yet, choosing where to live is the most important decision of all. It shapes and influences the kinds of careers that we pursue and the kinds of people we will meet. This session provides you with the tools and a framework for choosing the place that is best for you and your family....
Reading
7 videos (Total 49 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Use the Place-Finder Tool to Find Your Best Place (Instructor Video: includes discussion of the final assignment)4m
Richard Florida Final Remarks1m
Richard Florida Week 5 Follow-up and Final Remarks - Cohort 113m
Richard Florida Week 5 Follow-up - Cohort 25m
Richard Florida Week 5 Follow-Up Cohort 34m
Richard Florida Week 5 Follow-up - U of T Alumni Edition11m
Reading3 readings
How to Love the Place You Live10m
On How to Choose the Place That Is Best for You15m
Peer Assignment Option: Story Map Tour0m
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Top Reviews

By RSNov 2nd 2017

Great course for gaining a better understanding on what makes cities successful, what their challenges are, and how to compare them from an objective viewpoint.

By TDNov 5th 2017

Thanks Prof. Florida, you really opened my eyes to possibility of relocation as a serious endeavour for my future success and happiness!

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Richard Florida

University Professor and Director of Cities, University of Toronto

About University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. ...

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