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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The Effect of Race on the Race

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

Until now, the presidential campaign largely has been dominated by issues of class, driving the improbable rise of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But as we head toward Super Tuesday – which will focus largely on Southern states – racial issues may assume greater importance. In the next few weeks, you can pick your states and […]

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We Now Join the U.S. Class War Already in Progress

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

Neither Trump nor Sanders started the nation’s current class war—the biggest fight over class since the New Deal—but both candidates, as different as they are, have benefited. Class is back. Arguably, for the first time since the New Deal, class is the dominant political issue. Virtually every candidate has tried appealing to class concerns, particularly […]

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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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