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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Leaving California? After slowing, the trend intensifies 

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

Given its iconic hold on the American imagination, the idea that more Americans are leaving California than coming breaches our own sense of uniqueness and promise. Yet, even as the economy has recovered, notably in the Bay Area and in pockets along the coast, the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that domestic migrants continue […]

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California’s Racial Politics Harming Minorities

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

Across the country, white voters placed Donald Trump in office by a margin of 21 points over Clinton. Their backing helped the GOP gain control of a vast swath of local offices nationwide. But in California, racial politics are pushing our general politics the other direction, way to the left. Some of this reflects California’s […]

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The Future of Racial Politics

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

From its inception, the American experiment has been dogged by racial issues. Sadly, this was even truer this year. Eight years after electing the first African-American president, not only are race relations getting worse, according to surveys, but the electorate remains as ethnically dividedas in any time of recent history. Donald Trump has emerged in most media […]

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The States Gaining And Losing The Most Migrants — And Money

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

When comparing the health of state economies, we usually look at employment and incomes. Another critical indicator worth closer attention is where Americans choose to move, and the places they are leaving. American history has been shaped by migration, from England to the Eastern seaboard, and later from the Atlantic Coast toward the Midwest, and […]

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