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How an international market explains Virginia's changing demographics

A recent study shows just how opportunity is improving in Virginia for diverse groups. The Center for Opportunity Urbanism surveyed 52 cities and ranked people of African American, Asian and Hispanic descent in such categories as income, homeownership and population and income growth.

Latinos in California

Joel recently appeared on KABC's McIntyre in the Morning to talk about the Latino population in California and its prospects for the future. Listen by downloading the 7 minute podcast below.

Joel Talks About the Best Cities for Minorities

From WBUR:

Jacksonville, Florida, wins the prize for best American city – for Latinos. A study by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism determined which U.S. cities are most welcoming to minorities. It considered affordable housing, median household incomes, self-employment rates and population growth. Joel Kotkin, executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, discusses the study findings with Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd.

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Speak Your Piece: The Prodigal Factory

Urban-studies scholar Joel Kotkin points out that the nation needs manufacturing to balance the “ephemeral economy” of technology and information. This is where reindustrialization comes in.

Joel Talks About The Future of Minorities in America

Joel recently talked with Jeffrey Angelo of WHO Radio in Des Moines about the findings in his new report discussing the best cities for minorities. Joel appears 30 minutes into the show (about 30%). Listen using the player below.

Best Poverty Cure: Escape From Baltimore

….by Joel Kotkin’s Center for Opportunity Urbanism, measures (by median household income, self-employment, housing affordability and population growth) the best and worst cities for America’s racial minorities. Its finding puts self-styled progressives to shame: Of the top 15 cities for African-Americans today, 13 are in the former Confederacy.

How Cleveland and the Rust Belt can come back through tech, manufacturing

Joel Kotkin, an expert on global, economic, political and social trends, says cities such as Cleveland have growth potential that areas like the Silicon Valley don't have.

Kotkin argues that the term "Rust Belt," generally used to describe once thriving industrial areas in the Great Lakes states, are now too often characterized by economic decline, population loss and urban decay.

A different story needs to be told, he said.

California Housing Market Divide

Joel recently appeared on the Bloomberg Advantage radio show to discuss the California housing market and the implication of the growing divide between those who can afford to buy a house and those who cannot.

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The Future of Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew

Joel was recently interviewed by CCTV about the future of Singapore, the Asian economy, and the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew. Watch the interview embedded below.

Sports Stadiums Are Bad Public Investments

Joel was featured in a short ReasonTV piece about public investments in private sports statiums. From ReasonTV:

"Anybody that drives around Southern California can tell you the infrastructure is falling apart," says Joel Kotkin, a fellow of urban studies at Chapman University and author of the book The New Class Conflict. "And then we’re going to give money so a bunch of corporate executives can watch a football game eight times a year? It’s absurd."

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Who Is Leaving Los Angeles Because of Housing Prices?

Joel recently participated in a panel discussion on LA's KCRW radio. The episode was titled, "Who Is Leaving Los Angeles Because of Housing Prices?". More from KCRW:

Don't ignore non-violent anti-semitism

As Joel Kotkin explains in a column for the Orange County Register, the global Jewish community is rapidly becoming a regional Jewish community. According to Kotkin, four out of every five Jews now lives in either Israel or the United States. In 1939, that number was one in four. Rising anti-Semitism throughout the world–and not just Western Europe–has combined with a dwindling birth rate to produce demographic decline in most of the world’s Jewish communities.

The Middle Class is Eroding

Joel recently appeared on the Larry Elder Show to talk about the current state of the middle class in America and how it is eroding. Listen via the embedded player below.

Race in America

Joel talks with KABC radio in Southern California about race conflict and how we discuss race in American society. Joel points out that discussing race must include a look at race in terms of economics. Download the file below to listen.

Endangered Species: Young Entrepreneurs

Listen to Joel appears at Dawn Bennett's Financial Myth Busting to talk about trends in population and economic class:

Busting the Overpopulation Myth. Joel Kotkin, author & fellow at Chapman University, on why Japan’s dramatically declining birth rate hurts its future growth prospects, why a growing population helps America, and how America’s middle-class is increasingly looking a lot like the lower class.

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Watch Joel in this feature on the role of central planning in Los Angeles. View large version.

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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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