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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The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

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

In this past election, those over 45 strongly favored Trump, while those younger than that cast their ballots for Clinton. Trump’s improbable victory, and the more significant GOP sweep across the country, demonstrated that the much-ballyhooed millennials simply are not yet sufficiently numerous or united enough to overcome the votes of the older generations. Yet over time, the millennials—arguably the […]

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Decentralize Government to Resolve Country’s Divisions

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

America is increasingly a nation haunted by fears of looming dictatorship. Whether under President Barack Obama’s “pen and phone” rule by decree, or its counterpoint, the madcap Twitter rule of our current chief executive, one part of the country, and society, always feels mortally threatened by whoever occupies the Oval Office. Given this worsening divide, […]

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The High Cost of a Home Is Turning American Millennials Into the New Serfs

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

American greatness was long premised on the common assumption that each generation would do better than the previous one. That is being undermined for the emerging millennial generation. The problems facing millennials include an economy where job growth has been largely in service and part-time employment, producing lower incomes; the Census bureau estimates they earn, even with a full-time job, $2,000 less in […]

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