The Drought: California Is So Over

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

California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society […]

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Why California’s Salad Days Have Wilted

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

“Science,” wrote the University of California’s first President Daniel Coit Gilman, “is the mother of California.” In making this assertion, Gilman was referring mostly to finding ways to overcoming the state’s “peculiar geographical position” so that the state could develop its “undeveloped resources.” Nowhere was this more true than in the case of water. Except […]

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Calling Out the High-Tech Hypocrites

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

The recent brouhaha over Indiana’s religious freedom law revealed two basic things: the utter stupidity of the Republican Party and the rising power of the emerging tech oligarchy. As the Republicans were once again demonstrating their incomprehension of new social dynamics, the tech elite showed a fine hand by leading the opposition to the Indiana […]

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California Should Make Regular People More of a Priority

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

California in 1970 was the American Dream writ large. Its economy was diversified, from aerospace and tech to agriculture, construction and manufacturing, and allowed for millions to achieve a level of prosperity and well-being rarely seen in the world. Forty-five years later, California still is a land of dreams, but, increasingly, for a smaller group […]

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As Diversity Grows in SoCal, How Can Nonwhite Majorities Find Success?

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

California teachers, politicians and media types like to extoll the benefits of ethnic diversity. Certainly, the state’s racial makeup has changed markedly since 1970, with the white non-Hispanic population now a minority. Some, like state Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, and some education activists now insist that multicultural studies be mandated for the public school curriculum. […]

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The Texas Economy & Contrast to CA

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

In the last decade, Texas emerged as America’s new land of opportunity — if you will, America’s America. Since the start of the recession, the Lone Star State has been responsible for the majority of employment growth in the country. Between November  2007 and November 2014, the United States gained  a net 2.1 million jobs, with 1.2 million […]

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U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds

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

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior states, notably Texas and North Dakota, that have benefited from the fossil fuel energy boom. And if […]

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California’s Rebound Mostly Slow, Unsteady

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

California, after nearly five years in recession, has made something of a comeback in recent years. Job growth in the state – largely due to the Silicon Valley boom – has even begun to outpace the national average. The state, finally, appears to have finally recovered the jobs lost since 2007. To some, this makes […]

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The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically

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

The U.S. may have its first black president, but these have not been the best of times for African-Americans. Recent shootings of unarmed black teenagers and the murder of two New York City police officers have inflamed racial tensions. A Bloomberg poll in December found that 53% of respondents believed that race relations have declined since Obama […]

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California Business Needs To Go Small Or Go Home

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

Here’s the bitter reality for business in much of California: there’s no cavalry riding to rescue you from the state’s regulatory and tax vise. The voters in California have spoken, and with a definitive, distinctive twist, turned against any suggestion of reform and confirmed the continued domination of the state by public employee unions, environmental […]

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