Can CA Southland be a ‘New York by the Pacific’?

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

Throughout the recession and the decidedly uneven recovery, Southern California has tended to lag behind, particularly in comparison to the Bay Area and other booming regions outside the state. Once the creator of a dispersed, multipolar urban model – “the original in the Xerox machine” as one observer suggested – this region seems to have […]

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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump? The Winner Is…the Oligarchy

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

The real winners in election 2016 are going to be the new-economy oligarchs who are among Clinton’s biggest donors. This presidential election may have been driven by populist fever in both parties, but at the end, the campaign has left the nation’s oligarchs in better position than ever. As Bernie Sanders now marches to his […]

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America’s Software And Tech Hotspots

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

Where is America’s tech and software industry thriving? In a new study conducted for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., researchers took an interesting stab at that question, assessing which metro areas have the strongest concentrations of software developers, spread across a broad array of industries, as well as the best compensation and job growth, and access to […]

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California Leaders Double Down on Dry

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

“What do we do with this worthless area, the region of savages and wild beasts, of shifting sands and whirlwinds of dust, of cactus and prairie dogs? To what use could we ever hope to put these great deserts and these endless mountain ranges?” – U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster, on the American West, 1852 […]

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A $15 Minimum Wage Is A Booby Prize For American Workers

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

In principle, there is solid moral ground for the recent drive to boost the minimum wage to $15, with California and New York State taking dramatic steps Monday toward that goal. Low-wage workers have been losing ground for decades, as stagnant incomes have been eroded by higher living costs. This has been particularly tragic for workers in […]

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Aristocracy of Talent: Social Mobility Is the Silver Lining to America’s Inequality Crisis

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

Yes, wealth concentration is insane. But the ways in which wealth is shifting are surprising—and give reason for a little optimism. In an age of oligarchy, one should try to know one’s overlords—how they made their money, and where they want to take the country. By looking at the progress of the super-rich — in […]

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Trumpism: America’s Berlusconi Moment

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

Trump envisioned and created today’s city of white boxes for rootless new money types, who dominate the city even as they leave little mark here. An old joke—that in heaven, the Italians do the cooking; in hell, they run the government—feels a lot darker now that American politics are taking an Italian turn. Since the […]

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Farewell, Grand Old Party

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

The increased likelihood of Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee, as evidenced by his win in Florida and other states last week, spells the end of the Republican Party as we have known it. Successful political parties unite interests under a broadly shared policy agenda. The Clinton Democrats may seem ethically challenged, condescending and […]

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Mass Transit Expansion Goes Off The Rails In Many U.S. Cities

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

Journalists in older cities like New York, Boston or San Francisco may see the role of rail transit as critical to a functioning modern city. In reality, rail transit has been a financial and policy failure outside of a handful of cities. In 23 metropolitan areas that have built new rail systems since 1970, transit’s share of […]

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California Valued For Cash, Not Candidates

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

California may be the country’s most important and influential state for technology, culture and lifestyle, but has become something of a cipher in terms of providing national political leaders. Not one California politician entered the 2016 presidential race in either party and, looking over the landscape, it’s difficult to see even a potential contender emerging […]

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