Why The Red States will Profit Most from more U.S. Immigration

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

In recent years, the debate over immigration has been portrayed in large part as a battle between immigrant-tolerant blue states and regions and their less welcoming red counterparts. Yet increasingly, it appears that red states in the interior and the south may actually have more to gain from liberalized immigration than many blue state bastions. […]

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In California, Don’t Bash the ‘Burbs

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

For the past century, California, particularly Southern California, nurtured and invented the suburban dream. The sun-drenched single-family house, often with a pool, on a tree-lined street was an image lovingly projected by television and the movies. Places like the San Fernando Valley – actual home to the “Brady Bunch” and scores of other TV family […]

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Blue States Double Down On Suicide Strategy

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

Whatever President Obama proposes in his State of the Union for the economy, it is likely to fall victim to the predictable Washington gridlock. But a far more significant economic policy debate in America is taking place among the states, and the likely outcome may determine the country’s course in the post-Obama era. On one […]

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More Bubble Trouble in California?

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

Just six years since the last housing bubble, California is blowing up another. This may seem like good news to homeowners and speculators alike but it could further accelerate the demise of the state’s middle class and push more businesses out of the state. On its face, a real estate turnaround should be a strong […]

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Prescription for an Ailing California

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

Only a fool, or perhaps a politician or media pundit, would say California is not in trouble, despite some modest recent improvements in employment and a decline in migration out of the state. Yet the patient, if still very sick, is curable, if the right medicine is taken, followed by the proper change in lifestyle […]

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California’s Politics of Farce

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

Karl Marx wrote, “History repeats … first as tragedy, then as farce.” Nothing better describes how California, with its unmatched natural and human riches, has begun to morph into what the premier California historian Kevin Starr has called “a failed state” – a term more usually applied to African kleptocracies than a place as blessed […]

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California’s Demographic Dilemma

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

It’s been nearly 20 years since California Gov. Pete Wilson won re-election by tying his campaign to the anti-illegal immigrant measure Proposition 187. Ads featuring grainy images of presumably young Hispanic males crossing the border energized a largely white electorate terrified of being overwhelmed, financially and socially, by the incoming foreign hordes. The demographic dilemma […]

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Is America’s Future Progressive?

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

Progressives may be a lot less religious than conservatives, but these days they have reason to think that Providence– or Gaia — has taken on a bluish hue. From the solid re-election of President Obama, to a host of demographic and social trends, the progressives seem poised to achieve what Ruy Texeira predicted a decade […]

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The Blue-State Suicide Pact

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

With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest. The almost uniform support of blue states’ congressional representatives for the administration’s campaign for tax “fairness” represents a kind of  bizarre economic suicide pact. […]

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Where Americans are Moving

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

The red states may have lost the presidential election, but they are winning new residents, largely at the expense of their politically successful blue counterparts. For all the talk of how the Great Recession has driven people — particularly the “footloose young” — toward dense urban centers, Census data reveal that Americans are still drawn […]

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