California Should Make Regular People More of a Priority

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

California in 1970 was the American Dream writ large. Its economy was diversified, from aerospace and tech to agriculture, construction and manufacturing, and allowed for millions to achieve a level of prosperity and well-being rarely seen in the world. Forty-five years later, California still is a land of dreams, but, increasingly, for a smaller group […]

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As Diversity Grows in SoCal, How Can Nonwhite Majorities Find Success?

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

California teachers, politicians and media types like to extoll the benefits of ethnic diversity. Certainly, the state’s racial makeup has changed markedly since 1970, with the white non-Hispanic population now a minority. Some, like state Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, and some education activists now insist that multicultural studies be mandated for the public school curriculum. […]

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The Texas Economy & Contrast to CA

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

In the last decade, Texas emerged as America’s new land of opportunity — if you will, America’s America. Since the start of the recession, the Lone Star State has been responsible for the majority of employment growth in the country. Between November  2007 and November 2014, the United States gained  a net 2.1 million jobs, with 1.2 million […]

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U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds

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

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior states, notably Texas and North Dakota, that have benefited from the fossil fuel energy boom. And if […]

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California’s Rebound Mostly Slow, Unsteady

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

California, after nearly five years in recession, has made something of a comeback in recent years. Job growth in the state – largely due to the Silicon Valley boom – has even begun to outpace the national average. The state, finally, appears to have finally recovered the jobs lost since 2007. To some, this makes […]

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The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically

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

The U.S. may have its first black president, but these have not been the best of times for African-Americans. Recent shootings of unarmed black teenagers and the murder of two New York City police officers have inflamed racial tensions. A Bloomberg poll in December found that 53% of respondents believed that race relations have declined since Obama […]

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California Business Needs To Go Small Or Go Home

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

Here’s the bitter reality for business in much of California: there’s no cavalry riding to rescue you from the state’s regulatory and tax vise. The voters in California have spoken, and with a definitive, distinctive twist, turned against any suggestion of reform and confirmed the continued domination of the state by public employee unions, environmental […]

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New Class Order

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

(Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Orange County Register prior to the election.) In this predictably difficult year for the Democrats, the party of the people is turning, of all people, to its plutocrats. However much the party stigmatizes right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers, a growing proportion of America’s ultra-rich have become […]

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Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty

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

With his questionably Constitutional move to protect America’s vast undocumented population, President Obama has provided at least five million immigrants, and likely many more, with new hope for the future. But at the same time, his economic policies, and those of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, may guarantee that many of these newly […]

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The Progressives’ War on Suburbia

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

You are a political party, and you want to secure the electoral majority. But what happens, as is occurring to the Democrats, when the damned electorate that just won’t live the way—in dense cities and apartments—that you have deemed is best for them? This gap between party ideology and demographic reality has led to a disconnect […]

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