This Is Why You Can’t Afford a House

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

The rising cost of housing is one of the greatest burdens on the American middle class. So why hasn’t it become a key issue in the presidential primaries? There’s little argument that inequality, and the depressed prospects for the middle class, will be a dominant issue this year’s election. Yet the most powerful force shaping […]

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The Politics Of The Next Recession: How A Bust Could Impact The 2016 Elections

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

In this hyper-political age, perceptions about virtually everything from the weather to the Academy Awards are shaped by ideology. No surprise then that views on the economy and its trajectory also divide to a certain extent along partisan lines. How the public perceives the economy will have a major impact on this year’s elections. That […]

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Where American Families Are Moving

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

Much is made, and rightfully so, about the future trends of America’s demographics, notably the rise of racial minorities and singles as a growing part of our population. Yet far less attention is paid to a factor that will also shape future decades: where families are most likely to settle. However hip and cool San […]

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The End of Localism

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

This could be how our experiment with grassroots democracy finally ends. World leaders—the super-rich, their pet nonprofits, their media boosters, and their allies in the global apparat—gather in Paris to hammer out a deal to transform the planet, and our lives. No one asks much about what the states and the communities, the electorate, or […]

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The New Masters of the Universe

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

Every age produces its own brand of oligarchs – feudal lords, banking gnomes, captains of industry. Our age has its own incipient ruling class, the tech oligarchs. The ascendency of these new hegemons is barely complete, and could conceivably be slowed or even reversed. But the tidal wave of new wealth, and even greater influence, […]

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Los Angeles: City Of Losers?

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

When I arrived in Los Angeles four decades ago, it was clearly a city on the rise, practicing its lines on the way to becoming the dominant metropolis in North America. Today, the City of Angels and much of Southern California lag behind not only a resurgent New York City, but also L.A.’s longtime regional rival, San […]

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Paris and the Politics of Climate

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

To some, particularly in the green movement, this month’s Paris climate change summit represents something like the great synods of the early Christian era, where truth and policy, for example, on pastoral celibacy, were determined by the princes of the church. Some others, largely marginalized on the fringes of the Right, insist the whole extravaganza […]

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Tech Titans Want To Be Masters Of All Media We Survey

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

The rising tech oligarchy, having disrupted everything from hotels and taxis to banking, music and travel, is also taking over the content side of the media business. In the process, we might see the future decline of traditional media, including both news and entertainment, and a huge shift in media power away from both Hollywood […]

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Jerry Brown’s Insufferable Green Piety

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

As the UN’s climate change conference opens in Paris on Nov. 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown’s holier-than-thou pronouncements on climate change will be the gospel of choice. At the site of real and immediate tragedy, an old man comes, wielding not a sword to protect civilization from ghastly present threats but to preach the sanctity […]

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The Cities Where Your Salary Will Stretch The Furthest 2015

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

Average pay varies widely among U.S. cities, but those chasing work opportunities would do well to keep an eye on costs as well. Salaries may be higher on the East and West coasts, but for the most part, equally high prices there mean that the fatter paychecks aren’t necessarily getting the locals ahead. To determine which […]

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