Richard's Open Road

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    New York, NY

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RICHARD FLORIDA

Author

“People will consistently try to give you their advice and put you in their box, and you can never ever ever ever let them do that.”

INTERESTS:

Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Education Family Individualism Negativity Perseverance Pressure Success

TAGS:

advice, cities, college, convincing others, factory job, follow what you love, immigrant, intervention, Italian, italy, MIT, parents, urban planning

BIOGRAPHY:

All it took was staring out a car window on the way to guitar lessons for Richard to develop a love for cities. He watched his hometown of Newark, New Jersey change as race riots and factory closures overtook the town. Though pressured to stay at home after high school, Richard became the first person in his family to go away to college. He went on to graduate school at Columbia University and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning. He is also, the author of several books about the subject. Richard thrives on both doing what he loves professionally as well as continuing to cultivate his other interests, like music.

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