California Population Lags Behind Projections

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Halfway through the new decade, California, widely seen as an irresistible force for the young and ambitious, is underperforming the state’s own demographic projections. Since 2010 the state’s population grew 5.3 percent from the 2010 census figure, 12 percent below the 6.1 percent increase projected by the California State Department of Finance. The population increased […]

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Driving Alone Hits High, Transit Hits Low In “Post-Car” City Of Los Angeles

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

According to The New York Times, the car used to be “king” in the city (municipality) of Los Angeles. “’A Different Los Angeles’, The City Moves to Alter its Sprawling Image,” was another story that seeks to portray the nation’s second largest municipality as having fundamentally changed. Following this now popular meme, a Slate story in 2016 referred […]

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Los Angeles Traffic: Likely To Worsen with Higher Densities

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

A few recent days driving the Los Angeles freeways impressed me with how different they are from in most other places in the country. The intensity of the traffic is astounding. Even on the weekend, travel over Sepulveda Pass on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) was highly congested. Traffic really never stopped, but frustratingly inched […]

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Focusing on Mobility Not Travel Mode for Better Economic Growth

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

The last article outlined research on job access by cars, transit and walking by the University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory that assesses mobility by car, transit and walking in 49 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Of course, it is to be expected that the metropolitan areas will have the largest number of jobs accessible to the […]

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A Question of Values: Middle-Income Housing Affordability

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

This is the Executive Summary from a new report “A Question of Values: Middle-Income Housing Affordability and Urban Containment Policy” authored by Wendell Cox and published by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Ailin He, a PhD doctoral candidate in economics at McGill University served as research assistant. The “report is a public policy narrative on the […]

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California: “Land of Poverty”

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

For decades, California’s housing costs have been racing ahead of incomes, as counties and local governments have imposed restrictive land-use regulations that drove up the price of land and dwellings. This has been documented by both Dartmouth economist William A Fischel and the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. Middle income households have been forced to accept lower standards of […]

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The Courage to Say “No” to the Olympics

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Congratulations Boston! Your rejection of the “honor” of representing the US as its candidate for the 2024 Summer Olympics is an inspiring example of government performing its obligation to taxpayers and their hard earned money. Those of us who think that government has a responsibility to wisely use taxpayer money sometimes forget that Massachusetts enacted […]

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The California Dream Has Moved Away

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Southern California faces a serious middle income housing affordability crisis. I refer to middle income housing, because this nation has become so successful in democratizing property ownership that the overwhelming majority of middle income households own their own homes in most of the country. Recently I had the privilege of participating in a forum on […]

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Piketty’s Wealth Driven Inequality: Virtually All in Housing?

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

The Economist headline reads: “Through the roof: Rising house prices may be chiefly responsible for rising inequality” This is no surprise to those of us who have been chronicling the loss of destruction of middle income housing affordability where urban containment policy has been implemented from Australia to Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom […]

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Housing: How the California Dream Became a Nightmare

Wendell Cox
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Important attention has been drawn to the shameful condition of middle income housing affordability in California. The state that had earlier earned its own “California Dream” label now limits the dream of homeownership principally to people either fortunate enough to have purchased their homes years ago and to the more affluent. Many middle income residents […]

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