In Defense of Houses

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

A critical component in the rise of market-oriented democracy in the modern era has been the dispersion of property ownership among middle-income households—not just in the United States but also in countries like Holland, Canada, and Australia, where it was closely linked with greater civil and economic freedom. In its early days, this dispersion was […]

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Ten Years After Lehman Collapsed, We’re Still Screwed

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

The collapse of Lehman Brothers 10 years ago today began the financial crisis that crippled and even killed for some the American dream as we had known it. Donald Trump might be starting to change that, at least for Americans who aren’t determined to remain in our bluest and priciest cities. Overall an estimated nine […]

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 A Generation Plans An Exodus From California

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

California is the great role model for America, particularly if you read the Eastern press. Yet few boosters have yet to confront the fact that the state is continuing to hemorrhage people at a higher rate, with particular losses among the family-formation age demographic critical to California’s future. Since the recovery began in 2010, California’s […]

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California’s Housing Crisis and the Density Delusion

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Once seen as a human-scale alternative to the crowded cities of the past, California’s cities are targeted by policy makers and planners dreaming of bringing back the “good old days,” circa 1900, when most people in the largest cities lived in small, cramped apartments. This move is being fronted by well-funded YIMBYs (“yes in my […]

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What Can Go Wrong with Trump’s Infrastructure Plan? Look to California 

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

President Trump’s proposed trillion dollar plus infrastructure program represents a rare, and potentially united feel good moment. Yet before we jump into a massive re-do of our transportation, water and electrical systems, it’s critical to make sure we get some decent bang for the federal buck. In principle, improving our physical connectivity should improve the economy, particularly in more […]

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Playgrounds for Elites

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

The revival of America’s core cities is one of the most celebrated narratives of our time—yet, perhaps paradoxically, urban progress has also created a growing problem of increasing inequality and middle-class flight. Once exemplars of middle-class advancement, most major American cities are now typified by a “barbell economy,” divided between well-paid professionals and lower-paid service […]

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California Politicians Not Serious About Fixing Housing Crisis

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

California’s political leaders, having ignored and even abetted our housing shortage, now pretend that they will “solve it.” Don’t bet on it. Their big ideas include a $4 billion housing subsidy bond and the stripping away of local control over zoning, and mandating densification of already developed areas. None of these steps addresses the fundamental […]

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Forget the Urban Stereotypes: What Millennial America Really Looks Like

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Perhaps no generation has been more spoken for than millennials. In the mainstream press, they are almost universally portrayed as aspiring urbanistas, waiting to move into the nation’s dense and expensive core cities. Yet like so many stereotypes — often created by wishful thinking — this one is generally exaggerated and even essentially wrong. We […]

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California Squashes Its Young

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

In this era of anti-Trump resistance, many progressives see California as a model of enlightenment. The Golden State’s post-2010 recovery has won plaudits in the progressive press from the New York Times’s Paul Krugman, among others. Yet if one looks at the effects of the state’s policies on key Democratic constituencies— millennials, minorities, and the […]

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The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red

Joel Kotkin is Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Wendell Cox is Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Democratic “blue” state attitudes may dominate the national media, but they can’t yet tell people where to live. Despite all the hype about a massive “back to the city” movement and the supposed superiority of ultra-expensive liberal regions, people are increasingly moving to red states and regions, as well as to suburbs and exurbs. This is the […]

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