California’s War on the Emerging Generation

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

It should be the obligation of older citizens to try to improve the prospects for their successors. But, here in California, as seen in a new report issued by the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy, we seem to have adopted an agenda designed to make things tougher for them. Millennials everywhere face many challenges. […]

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The News Media are Losing their Search for Truth

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

  To someone who has spent most of his career in the news business, it’s distressing to confront the current state of the media. Rather than a source of information and varied opinion, the media increasingly act not so such as disseminators of information but as a privileged and separate caste, determined to shape opinion […]

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The Arrogance of Blue America

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

In the wake of the Trumpocalypse, many in the deepest blue cores have turned on those parts of America that supported the president’s election, developing oikophobia—an irrational fear of their fellow citizens. The rage against red America is so strong that The New York Time’s predictably progressive Nick Kristoff says his calls to understand red voters were “my […]

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The Other California: A Flyover State Within a State

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

California may never secede, or divide into different states, but it has effectively split into entities that could not be more different. On one side is the much-celebrated, post-industrial, coastal California, beneficiary of both the Tech Boom 2.0 and a relentlessly inflating property market. The other California, located in the state’s interior, is still tied […]

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For CA, The End of the Asian Era

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

For the past 40 years, the Pacific Rim has been, if you will, California’s trump card. But now, in the age of President Donald Trump and decelerating globalization, the Asian ascendency may be changing in ways that could be beneficial to our state. Rather than President Barack Obama’s famous “pivot to Asia,” it now might […]

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California: The Republic of Climate

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

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, flanked by Senate President pro tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, right, and Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, left, speaks during a news conference prior to signing legislation in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. AP Photo/Richard Vogel To some progressives, California’s huge endorsement for the losing side for president reflects our […]

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Hollywood’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

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

No industry is more identified with Southern California than entertainment. Yet, in the past, the industry’s appeal has lain in identifying with the always-changing values and mythos of American society. But, today, that connection is being undermined, not just by technology, but also by a seemingly self-conscious decision to sever the industry’s links with roughly […]

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Common Sense on Immigration

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

No issue divides the United States more than immigration. Many Americans are resentful of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, worry about their own job security, and fear the arrival of more refugees from Islamic countries could pose the greatest terrorist threat. At the other end of the spectrum are those who believe the welcoming words on […]

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Is L.A. Back? Don’t Buy the Hype

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

With two football teams moving to Los Angeles, a host of towers rising in a resurgent downtown and an upcoming IPO for L.A.’s signature start-up, Snapchat parent Snap Inc., one can make a credible case that the city that defined growth for a half century is back. According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Rams, Chargers and the […]

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The True Legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown

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

The cracks in the 50-year-old Oroville Dam, and the massive spillage and massive evacuations that followed, shed light on the true legacy of Jerry Brown. The governor, most recently in Newsweek, has cast himself as both the Subcomandante Zero of the anti-Trump resistance and savior of the planet. But when Brown finally departs Sacramento next […]

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