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The Changing Patterns Of U.S. Immigration: What The Presidential Field Should Know

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

Public concern about illegal immigration, particularly among older native-born Americans, as well as the the rising voting power of Latinos, all but guarantees that immigration is an issue that will remain at the forefront in the run-up to the 2016 elections. Nor is this merely a right-wing issue, as evidenced in the controversy over “sanctuary cities”; even the progressive Bernie Sanders has […]

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More Local Decisions Usurped By Ideological Regulators

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

In hip, and even not-so-hip, circles, markets, restaurants and cultural festivals across the country, local is in. Many embrace this ideal as an economic development tool, an environmental win and a form of resistance to ever-greater centralized big business control. Yet when it comes to areas being able to choose their urban form and for […]

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Putting Climate Change Ahead Of Constituents

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

Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment, the agenda being adopted serves to stunt upward mobility, self-sufficiency and property […]

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Countering Progressives’ Assault on Suburbia

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

The next culture war will not be about issues like gay marriage or abortion, but about something more fundamental: how Americans choose to live. In the crosshairs now will not be just recalcitrant Christians or crazed billionaire racists, but the vast majority of Americans who either live in suburban-style housing or aspire to do so […]

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Homebuyers Confront China Syndrome

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

China has hacked our government, devastated or severely challenged our industries and enjoyed one of the greatest wealth transfers in history – from our households to its. China also benefits from by far the largest trade surplus with the United States and also owns 11 percent of our national debt. Sometimes it seems to be […]

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Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

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

Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—into one new green faith. As Pope Francis has embraced the direst notions of climate change, one […]

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Who Should Immigration Be Helping?

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

Recent revelations about the firing of American tech workers and their replacement by temporary visa holders reveal, in the starkest way, why many Americans are wary of the impact of untrammeled immigration. Workers in American companies have been removed from their jobs not because they could not perform them, but because their replacements, largely from […]

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The Golden State Jobs Outlook is, Well … Golden 

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

CALIFORNIA ECONOMY-Every year, I, along with Pepperdine’s Michael Shires, have what has become the often-dispiriting job – for a 40-year California resident – of evaluating the nation’s metropolitan regions in terms of both short-term and midterm job growth. Yet, this year, the results for our state’s metros are somewhat improved, as California’s post-recession job-growth rate […]

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How California Became A Blue-State Role Model

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

California, once disdained as zany, insubstantial and politically unreliable, has now become a favorite of the blue state crew. From culture and technology to politics, the Golden State is getting all sorts of kudos from an establishment media traditionally critical of our state. For example, the New York Times recently ran two pieces, one political […]

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America’s Cities Mirror Baltimore’s Woes

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

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these cities are actually in terrible shape, with miserable schools, struggling economies and a large […]

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