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What Makes Houston the Most Ideal “Opportunity City?”

Joel talks with Houston Public Media News about his soon-to-be-released study on Opportunity Urbanism in Houston. Listen below:

Watch Joel on WSJ Live

Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted Joel to talk about The New Class Conflict. Watch the video below.

Joel Talks about The New Class Conflict on KABC Radio

Joel talked about the ideas in the New Class Conflict with Larry Elder show in this short interview.

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Tech Oligarchs Wage War on Middle Class

Joel discusses the concepts in The New Class Conflict in this 15 minute video interview with Glenn Reynolds of Instavision TV and Instapundit.com.

Irvine named among 15 best places to live

Irvine has set the “gold standard” for a planned suburb with all those things most people want – good schools, public safety and recreational opportunities, said Joel Kotkin, Hobbs Fellow in urban studies at Chapman University.

Why California is a hell hole and why the rest of the country will become one too

In his USA Today column, Glenn Instapundit Reynolds looks at Joel Kotkin's new book, The New Class Conflict. Kotkin says the wealth distribution in the U.S., starting with California, is breaking down into a lot of poorish folks and some oligarchs.

A Conversation with Joel About The New Class Conflict

Joel recently appeared on the Library of Liberty and Law podcast for an extended discussion of his new book, The New Class Conflict. Visit libertyandlawsite.org to listen.

Jobs lure hipsters. Hype doesn't.

Some of the best analysis of urban demographic trends can be found regularly at NewGeography.com, a joint venture of Joel Kotkin and Praxis Strategy Group, and an excellent demographic and urban trends resource.

The slums of the future

Joel Kotkin details the massive social, economic, and environmental challenges facing most emerging megacities:

Emerging megacities like Kinshasa or Lima do not command important global niches. Their problems are often ignored or minimized by those who inhabit what commentator Rajiv Desai has described as “the VIP zone of cities,” where there is “reliable electric power, adequate water supply, and any sanitation at all.” Outside the zone, Desai notes, even much of the middle class have to “endure inhuman conditions” of congested, cratered roads, unreliable energy, and undrinkable water.

Joel Talks about the Lack of Kids in Southern California

Joel joined Doug McIntyre on LA's KABC to talk about the decline of children in Southern California. Download the file to listen.

Joel Talks About The New Class Conflict

Larry Marino hosted Joel recently to talk about the themes from his upcoming book, The New Class Conflict. Download the mp3 below to listen.

Joel discusses splits in the democratic party with Doug McIntyre at Los Angeles's KABC radio

Joel recently appeared with Doug McIntyre on KABC Los Angeles to talk about the how the future of the Democratic party might be affected by concerns of social class. Download the file to listen.

Blue cities like Seattle at the center of progressive populism

Commenting on mayoral assertions that cities are where the action is, Kotkin writes, “It’s hard to underestimate the hubris of this assessment … the vast majority of American demographic growth and job growth continues to go either into the suburban rings or to low-density sprawling regions.”

The New Feudalism

In 2013, demographer Joel Kotkin warned that California was slipping into a condition of neofeudalism. According to Kotkin, the Golden State, once a citadel of the American middle class, has become splintered into four classes: the oligarchs (the super-wealthy, especially in tech and finance), the clerisy (government regulators, the media elite, and the academy), the yeomanry (the middle class and small-business owners), and the serfs (the working poor and government dependents).

Regulations for the Rich

“Large financial institutions have benefited greatly from regulations which guaranteed their survival while allowing for increased concentration of financial assets,” said Joel Kotkin. “Wall Street grandees, many of whom should have spent the past years studying the inside of jail cells … are only bothered by how to spend their ill-gotten earnings.”

Joel on Reason.tv

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

Interview on Smartplanet.com

"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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