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Joel Kotkin News Clips
In his new book, “The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us,” author Joel Kotkin — a critic of the recent push for greater density in some American cities — devotes a chapter to the downside of megacities. People streaming in from the countryside, he notes, encounter pollution, limited water supplies, woefully inadequate transportation systems, shoddily constructed housing in ill-governed informal settlements, and “health challenges that recall the degradations of Dickensian London.”
Kotkin suggests we need to "redefine the city in a way that fits with modern realities and the needs of families. The urban experience is simply not confined to the inner city or old neighbourhoods, but also to the ‘sprawl’ that now surrounds them in virtually every vibrant urban area in the world."
The housing shortage is affecting a wide range of buyers – from first-time to low-income to middle-income ones, especially in expensive metro areas.
In most major metropolitan areas of the nation, housing has been affordable for middle-income households since World War II. The median house price tended to be approximately three times the median household income. But in the past several years housing prices in some metropolitan areas have far outpaced incomes.
Aaron Renn recently interviewed Joel on the Urbanophile podcast to talk about Joel's new book, The Human City, and the intersection of families, suburbs, and the urban core. Follow the link below to Soundcloud to listen to the short show and be sure to subscribe to Aaron's podcast while you're there.
Listen to Joel's interview with BBC radio to talk about the state of the American presidential race and its parallels to historical political happenings in Europe. Download the mp3 to listen.
Author of the forthcoming The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, Kotkin defends the suburbs, which is nearly as radical as an evolutionary biologist defending creationism. Kotkin argues that suburbs are where middle-class families want to live, and middle-class families are, as he told me in a recent phone conversation, “the bedrock of the Republic.” A city hostile to the middle class is, in Kotkin’s view, a sea hostile to fish.
Listen in as Joel talks about the reasons behind the recent support by younger voters of socialist narratives in politics. Download the attached mp3 to listen.
Joel recently appeared on KUT radio in Austin to talk about the latest crop of emerging cities and how those in Texas fit into the picture. Follow the link below to listen to the short interview.
Good news if you’re in a NIMBYish mood of late: A new study from Chapman University in Orange County gives you the anti-Manhattanization rationale you’ve been waiting for. In “Building Cities For People,” author Joel Kotkin, a former San Franciscan turned urban studies fellow at Chapman, argues that increasing building density actually makes the housing crisis worse, and also makes San Francisco less likely to attract and retain anyone except the super-rich.
Joel recently appeared on KABC radio to talk about the current situation in Los Angeles and its prospects for the future. Download the attached audio file to listen.
Joel recently appeared on the Rod Arquette show in Salt Lake City to talk about the implications of the recent climate talks in Paris. Download the attached .mp3 to listen.
Listen in as Joel talks with Ray Dunaway of CBS Connecticut Radio about the implications of energy policy and its economic impacts on the upcoming elections. Listen below:
What are the biggest challenges faced by cities experiencing rapid population growth?
Infrastructure, usually roads and bridges. Also, how to build a good mix of housing types and price points. Usually, rapidly growing cities try to address this - and that's one reason they are growing!
Here's a short video produced by the Documentary Foundation featuring Joel discussing the importance of civic engagement to U.S. success. Watch the video below:
Joel was recently interviewed by TribLIVE regarding the downsizing of the American dream. Click below to read the interview.
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