Urban studies researcher Richard Florida has been attempting to generate visibility for his new book, The New Urban Crisis, by writing articles for major publications. If you follow the above link to a piece posted by The Atlantic’s CityLab, you will find a map of the U.S. that graphically shows a “New Urban Crisis Index.” This is a composite metric that includes wage and income inequality, economic segregation and the unaffordability of housing.
The map shows Thurston and Whatcom counties in the low-to-moderate range. Meanwhile, most populated parts of the Puget Sound region being in a relatively high level of crisis. However, Seattle doesn’t rank in the top 20 large metropolitan areas.