Build It, Even Though They Won’t Come

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

The recent decision by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman to reject as “fatally flawed” the densification plans for downtown Hollywood could shake the foundations of California’s “smart growth” planning clerisy. By dismissing Los Angeles’ Hollywood plan, the judge also assaulted the logic behind plans throughout the region to construct substantial high-rise […]

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How Silicon Valley Could Destabilize The Democratic Party

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

Much has been written, often with considerable glee, about the worsening divide in the Republican Party between its corporate and Tea Party wings. Yet Democrats may soon face their own schism as a result of the growing power in the party of high-tech business interests. Gaining the support of tech moguls is a huge win for the […]

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The Geography of Aging: Why Millennials are Headed to the Suburbs

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

One supposed trend, much celebrated in the media, is that younger people are moving back to the city, and plan to stay there for the rest of their lives. Retirees are reportedly following suit. Urban theorists such as Peter Katz have maintained that millennials (the generation born after 1983) show little interest in “returning to […]

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The Revolt Against Urban Gentry

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

The imminent departure of New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and his replacement by leftist Bill DeBlasio, represents an urban uprising against the Bloombergian  “luxury city” and the growing income inequality it represents. Bloomberg epitomized an approach that sought to cater  to the rich—most prominently Wall Street—as a means to both finance development growth and collect […]

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Silicon Valley is No Model for America

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

Its image further enhanced by the recent IPO of Twitter, Silicon Valley now stands in many minds as the cutting edge of the American future. Some, on both right and left, believe that the Valley’s geeks should reform the nation, and the government, in their image. Increasingly, the basic meme out of the Valley, and […]

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Los Angeles: Will the City of the Future Make it There?

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

When I arrived in Los Angeles almost 40 years ago, there was a palpable sense that here, for better or worse, lay the future of America, and even the world. Los Angeles dominated so many areas — film, international trade, fashion, manufacturing, aerospace — that its ascendency seemed assured. Even in terms of the urban […]

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Small Business and Self-Employed Hurt by Administration’s Policies

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

Obamacare’s first set of victims was predictable: the self-employed and owners of small businesses. Since the bungled launch of the health insurance enrollment system, hundreds of thousands of self-insured people have either had their policies revoked or may find themselves in that situation in the coming months. More than 10 million self-insured people, many of […]

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The ‘Great State’ of San Francisco

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

The public stock offering by Twitter reflects not only the current bubble in social media stocks, but also the continuing shift in both economic and political power away from Southern California to the San Francisco Bay Area, home to less than one in five state residents. Not since the late 19th century, when San Francisco […]

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L.A. Ports Face Challenge from Gulf Coast

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

In this strange era of self-congratulation in California, it may be seen as poor manners to point out tectonic shifts that could leave the state and, particularly, Southern California, more economically constrained and ever more dependent on asset bubbles, such as in real estate. One of the most important changes on the horizon is the […]

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Fixing California: The Green Gentry’s Class Warfare

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

Historically, progressives were seen as partisans for the people, eager to help the working and middle classes achieve upward mobility even at expense of the ultrarich. But in California, and much of the country, progressivism has morphed into a political movement that, more often than not, effectively squelches the aspirations of the majority, in large […]

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