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New Orleans leads one of country's biggest migration turnarounds

Don Ames
Monday, December 10, 2012

In a recent Forbes article, "Where Americans are Moving," author Joel Kotkin writes that a "huge turnaround can be seen in New Orleans, which ranked a dismal 43rd (of 51) for 2000-09 as residents fled not only Katrina but a stagnant, low-wage, corruption-plagued economy. But in our 2010-11 ranking, the Crescent City surged to a respectable 16th, one of the biggest migration turnarounds in the country."

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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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