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Joel Kotkin News Clips
Joel recently appeared on KPCC's Take Two show to talk about the impact of the concentration of political power and influence in the tech industry and the impact of these companies on the economy and middle class workers.
Visit the KPCC website to listen to the 7 minute segment.
Joel was recently featured in this short video piece about central planning in Los Angeles and its impact on local neighborhoods. Watch the video below.
Have a problem with Houston's notorious suburban sprawl? Better get used to it — this is type of urban development is the future.
So says demographer Joel Kotkin in a recent piece on The Daily Beast, in which he explains that "low-density, car-dominated, heavily suburbanized areas with small central cores likely represent the next wave of great American cities" — pointing to Houston as a prime example.
A piece this week by Joel Kotkin, long a critic of the "hip city" phenomenon and a defender of suburbs and blue collar jobs, on the "Daily Beast" web site assembles some of the evidence, anecdotal and factual.
"Investments in 'cool' districts may well appeal to some young professionals, particularly before they get married and have children," he writes. "But overall ... it has done little overall for the urban middle class, much less the working class or the poor."
A respected urbanologist, Joel Kotkin, has accused the idea's author, Richard Florida, of selling snake oil. Florida says a city's future depends on building something like an "arts district" where a young and rootless post-graduate crowd can hang out and be innovative. Somehow new businesses will flow because smart people have been attracted to town.
However, Joel Kotkin, a professor of urban development at Chapman University in California, has pointed to a different trend emerging since about 2000 (“The real winners of the global economy: the material boys” Forbes, 6 March 2013). Many of the world’s best performing developed economies in recent years are resource-rich nations such as Australia, Canada and Norway.
Chapman University urban theorist Joel Kotkin – on a panel that discussed the recent findings – said the decline in the number of immigrants is connected to the suffering local economy, which has been stagnant for about a decade. That decline, he believes, will undoubtedly have ramifications for the city.
John recently talked with John Munson, host of At Issue on Wisconsin Public Radio about the nation's emerging growth corridors. From WPR:
Here's Joel's appearance on John Stossel's show talking about the long term social and economic implications of decreasing birth rates.
Joel Kotkin, a Democrat, has sifted through a decade’s worth of county-by-county economic and demographic data and reached a startling conclusion: flyover country is the future.
Kotkin puts his findings in terms of four growth corridors: the Great Plains Region, the Third Coast Region (aka the Gulf Coast), the Intermountain West Region and the Southeast Manufacturing Belt Region.
Kotkin observes a clear link between increasing urbanization and declining fertility rates. “People in denser urban areas, where apartments tend to be smaller, marry later and have fewer offspring,” he says. Policies that promote high-density living over the suburban option play a significant role in this process.
“Much of the discussion about American economic recovery and growth in 2012 focused on the usual suspects: regions on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and the Great Lakes,” says author, Forbes columnist and urban futurist Joel Kotkin, in a new study titled America’s Growth Corridors: The Key to National Revival.
Demographics are destiny. Nothing else makes history. When the changes ahead are shipped into denial is when chaos and disaster ensue. And the potential disasters America faces today do not come from global warming, nuclear weapons, the Russians, the hippies or the rednecks. They come from the economic division of America between the red states, which are rising in capital and prosperity, and the left and right coasts, which are receding in economic power.
Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University and a City Journal contributing editor, has authored a report published by the Manhattan Institute. It identifies four growth corridors in the United States. They are the Great Plains states, the “third coast” along the Gulf region, the Southeast manufacturing belt and the Intermountain West.
Demographer Joel Kotkin, who coined the term "postfamilialism," discussed the demographic shift toward living alone on Minnesota Public Radio earlier this month.
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