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About the 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. Of course the world has changed a great deal since I developed this course. The Global COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting cities, businesses and people around the world. It is something I have been writing about and working with mayors, city managers, economic developers, urban leaders and communities across the globe. I have put together a new module on Cities and the Coronavirus to help you better understand the ways in which the Covid-19 crisis is impacting cities and how you can best understand and deal with that. I’d like to wish each and every one of you good luck as you get started on this journey. I hope you enjoy the course!...

Top reviews

RS
Nov 1, 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.

TD
Nov 4, 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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By PRATIKSHA D

Jun 18, 2019

Learn a lot from sessions.

By Giannis R

Mar 26, 2018

I really enjoyed the course. There were really interesting concepts to learn about and it also forced you to reflect more seriously on which city you should choose for yourself. Professor Florida is also really good at explaining and presenting. Where there is space for improvement. The readings could be more comprehensive. Some were articles that really didn't offer that much. And secondly I think the course could really go deeper into the topics presented. I felt that it was more of an general overview.

Still a valuable course to do if you are thinking about cities. It is worth the time.

By yaroslav

Feb 22, 2018

The topic is interesting, though slightly misleading - the answer about your search about the place in city is not very clear. A lot of factual information - the course is very thourough. The tone is rather pessimistic and almost all readings are by the same author. Minor technical issue - I listened to the course in headphones and the sound was not very loud. All in all - a lot of interesting info, issues and problems about big megacities, no more, no less.

By Rahul B

Jul 25, 2020

Well Presented with good example. this course was a great for helping me to understand the various elements of projects i'm currently involved in. after completing this project i'm much more confident than the past in case of project handling. it is a great learning, one can understand the project management basic in the simplest possible way. what i liked in this course was that there were lots of examples given by professor