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Southern California Becoming Less Family-Friendly

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

The British Talmudic scholar Abraham Cohen noted that, throughout history, children were thought of as “a precious loan from God to be guarded with loving and fateful care.” Yet, increasingly and, particularly, here in Southern California, we are rejecting this loan, and abandoning our role as parents. This, of course, is a process seen around […]

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Class Issues, Not Race, Will Likely Seal the Next Election

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and along the U.S.-Mexico border may seem to suggest that race has returned as the signature issue in American politics. We can see this already in the pages of mainstream media, with increased calls for reparations for African-Americans, and expanded amnesties for the undocumented. Increasingly, any opposition to Obama’s policies is […]

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L.A. Hanging on as a Top Global City

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

For more than a century, Southern Californians have dreamed of their region becoming host to a great global city. At the turn of the 20th century Henry Huntington, who built much of the area’s first mass-transit system, proclaimed that “Los Angeles is destined to become the most important city in the world.” Of course, builders […]

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Democrats Risk Blue-Collar Rebellion

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

If California is to change course and again become a place of opportunity, the impetus is likely to come not from the perennially shrinking Republican Party but from working-class and middle-class Democrats. This group, long quiescent, has emerged most notably in opposition to the state’s anti-global warming cap-and-trade policies, which will force up energy prices. […]

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To Fight Inequality, Blue States Need To Shift Focus To Blue-Collar Jobs

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

In the coming election, we will hear much, particularly from progressives, about inequality, poverty and racism. We already can see this in the pages of mainstream media, with increased calls for reparations for African-Americans, legalizing undocumented immigrants and a higher minimum wage. There’s no question that minorities’ economic wellbeing has deteriorated since the economy cratered […]

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Don’t Be So Dense About Housing

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

Southern California faces a crisis of confidence. A region that once imagined itself as a new model of urbanity – what the early 20th century minister and writer Dana Bartlett called “the better city” – is increasingly being told that, to succeed, it must abandon its old model and become something more akin to dense Eastern […]

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Growth, Not Redistribution the Cure for Income Inequality

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

Ever since the publication this spring of Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the 21st Century,” conservatives and much of the business press, such as the Financial Times, have been on a jihad to discredit the author and his findings about increased income inequality in Western societies. Some have even equated growing attacks on inequality with anti-Semitism, with at least […]

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One-Party Rule is No Party in California

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

Forty years ago, Mexico was a one-party dictatorship under the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, hobbled by slow growth, soaring inequality, endemic corruption and dead politics. California, in contrast, was considered a model American state, with a highly regarded Legislature, relatively clean politics, a competitive political process and a soaring economy. Today these roles are somewhat reversed, and not […]

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Energy Preferences to Play Big Role in November

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

The November election will be played out along all the usual social memes – from gay marriage, racism and immigration to the “war against women.” But what may determine the outcome revolves around one key economic issue: energy. This has all come to a boil now as President Obama has backed an Environmental Protection Agency effort […]

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California’s Choice – Growth or Decline

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

I’ve been friends with Charlie Sena for almost two decades. Charlie, a longtime entrepreneur, Democratic political operative and fundraiser for former Gov. Gray Davis, recently chided me about what he sees as my “negativity” about California and its future. My response was that, given its natural advantages, this region should not be in such a […]

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