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More people choose to live alone

Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Ithaca Journal

The rise of single households is a global phenomenon as people delay marriage and fertility rates drop, says Joel Kotkin, a fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. .

“The long-term implications of 30 percent or more of women never getting married or having kids profoundly changes politics, society, economy and the value structure,” he says.

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"Greenurbia is the suburbs of the future. The suburbs of the 1950s were bedroom communities for people who commuted into the city. Today, there’s much more employment in the suburbs, and the big change is the number of people working full-time or part-time at home. Having people commute from one computer screen to another doesn’t make sense."

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Praise for The Next Hundred Million

Kotkin has a striking ability to envision how global forces will shape daily family life, and his conclusions can be thought-provoking as well as counterintuitive. It's amazing there isn't more public discussion about the enormous changes ahead, and reassuring to have this talented thinker on the case. — Jennifer Ludden, NPR national desk correspondent

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