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MPC Roundtable
Richard Florida on The New Urban Crisis

June 9, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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The Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

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"Richard Florida offers a brilliant assessment of the varied and evolving challenges facing our cities today. At a time when cities are more important than ever to our economic and political future, The New Urban Crisis is essential reading for urban leaders and all city-dwellers." —Richard M. Daley, former mayor of Chicago

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Due to high demand, this event has been relocated to the Union League Club of Chicago.

In recent years, the young, educated and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet, all is not well. In Richard Florida’s newest book, The New Urban Crisis, the urbanist, senior editor for The Atlantic and author 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.

In fact, 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. But if this crisis is urban, so is its solution. Cities remain the most powerful economic engines the world has ever seen. 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. Florida argues that 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.

Join MPC for a lively conversation with Florida about how we create more inclusive cities capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all. 

In addition to his event at MPC, Florida will also present at  the 2017 Chicago Forum on Global Cities, the annual conference hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times. Learn more about the conference here 

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Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at noon.

Copies of The New Urban Crisis will be available for purchase at the event. There will be a book signing directly following the program. 

We're offering a few special event ticket packages:

  • $1,000 for a VIP table, which includes 10 premier seats, a book for each guest at the table, 1 MPC Donor membership (which includes 1 year of reduced admission to MPC events and access to MPC's Leadership Circle)
  • $100 for the new/renewal membership package, which includes a ticket, book and designation as a MPC Donor for 1 year (which includes reduced admission to MPC events)
  • The book and ticket combination package$38 for MPC donors and students with a current ID, $50 for all others
  • A single ticket is $15 for MPC donors and students with a current ID, $35 for all others

Lunch is included; please indicate any dietary restrictions when you register. 

Dress code is business casual, no denim allowed. (For a full overview of the dress code, click here.)

Seating will be limited, so be sure to register online in advance.

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