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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When It Comes To Privacy, The Eyes Have It

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

Back when integrated circuits were safely ensconced in missiles, spacecraft and machine tools, information technology could take us to the moon or build better cars, but – as long as they didn’t blow us up – they didn’t seem destined to strip away the last of our humanity. But as information technology has emerged as […]

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Southern California Housing Figures to Get Tigher, Pricier

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

What kind of urban future is in the offing for Southern California? Well, if you look at both what planners want and current market trends, here’s the best forecast: congested, with higher prices and an ever more degraded quality of life. As the acerbic author of the “Dr. Housing Bubble” blog puts it, we are […]

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The Drought: California Is So Over

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

California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society […]

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Why California’s Salad Days Have Wilted

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

“Science,” wrote the University of California’s first President Daniel Coit Gilman, “is the mother of California.” In making this assertion, Gilman was referring mostly to finding ways to overcoming the state’s “peculiar geographical position” so that the state could develop its “undeveloped resources.” Nowhere was this more true than in the case of water. Except […]

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Calling Out the High-Tech Hypocrites

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

The recent brouhaha over Indiana’s religious freedom law revealed two basic things: the utter stupidity of the Republican Party and the rising power of the emerging tech oligarchy. As the Republicans were once again demonstrating their incomprehension of new social dynamics, the tech elite showed a fine hand by leading the opposition to the Indiana […]

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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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