How cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens
by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox In the wake of the post-2008 housing bust, suburbia has become associated with many of the same ills long associated with cities, as our urban-based press corps and cultural elite cheerfully sneer at each new sign of decline. This conceit was revealed most recently in a a studyreleased Monday by the […]
by Joel Kotkin There is nothing like a trip to Washington, D.C., to show how out of touch America’s ruling classes have become. I was in the nation’s capital to appear on a panel for a Politico event that – well after I agreed to come – was titled “Booming Cities, Busting Suburbs.” The notion of […]
by Wendell Cox 03/02/2011… New 2010 Census results indicate that the Raleigh metropolitan area (Raleigh-Cary) grew 42 percent from 2000 to 2010. This growth rate is projected to be the highest of any metropolitan area in the nation for the 2000 to 2010 period. The historical core municipality of Raleigh grew strongly, from 288,000 to 404,000, a […]
by Joel Kotkin The recent passage by Congress of new legislation favourable to loosening controls on risky Wall Street trading is just the most recent example of the consolidation of plutocratic power in Washington. The new rules, written largely by Citibank lobbyists and embraced by the Obama administration, allow large banks to continue using depositors’ money for high-risk […]
By Joel Kotkin In this information age, brains are supposed to be the most valued economic currency. For California, where the regulatory environment is more difficult for companies and people who make things, this is even more the case. Generally speaking, those areas that have the heaviest concentration of educated people generally do better than those […]
Lots of new jobs and a low cost of living make Houston a middle-class magnet. By JOEL KOTKIN AND TORY GATTIS Houston is growing downtown as well as on its suburban periphery. David Wolff and David Hightower are driving down the partially completed Grand Parkway around Houston. The vast road, when completed, will add a […]
This report concentrates on housing affordability in three of California’s metropolitan areas: Read the Report (PDF)
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by Wendell Cox Rhine-Ruhr, or Essen-Düsseldorf, is among the world’s least recognized larger urban areas (Figure 1). Germany does not designate urban areas according to the international standard, and for that reason the Rhine-Ruhr does not appear on the United Nations list of largest urban areas. Yet, in reality this contiguous urban area is Germany’s […]
Is the Rise of Post-Familialism Humanity’s Future? We examine the demographic trends to uncover the facts about family formation. Read the Report (PDF)
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