What will be the Future of Cities?

The Future of Cities

Whatever the future holds for humanity, it is likely to take place in an urban context. Yet, there are many, and sometimes divergent, urban futures. This book is being published as a series, with permission of the American Enterprise Institute. Please return weekly to read each chapter as it is published.
urban homelessness

The Limits of Rhetoric

Charles Blain and Joel Kotkin — If rhetoric were magic, metro areas like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago would be ideal for aspirational minority residents.
Feudal Future talks with Morely Winograd

Democratic Prospects & The Plural Generation with Morley Winograd

In this episode of the Feudal Future podcast, Morley Winograd joins hosts Joel and Marshall on Feudal Future Podcast to talk about the 2020 election, and the prospects for a democratic administration should they win.
John Russo on Feudal Future podcast

Politics, Polarization & The Plight Of The Middle & Working Classes With John Russo

In this episode of the Feudal Future podcast, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky interview John Russo. John has spent most of his academic career at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and he has spent much time cataloguing the plight of the middle class and working class in the US.
Cover of Urban Reform Institute's Report on Upward Mobility

Upward Mobility Report

In a new report, Upward Mobility — authored by Charles Blain, Wendell Cox and Joel Kotkin — examine how the choice of where to live affects upward mobility for middle and working-class citizens, especially historically disadvantage minorities.

Houston Top 5 Global City in America, Big SWA increase at Hobby, Dilbert vs. City Red Tape

by Tory Gattis — Houston ranks in top 5 of America's global cities behind NYC, LA, and SF. We're still the most affordable global city in America!
Middle Class Survival Strategies

Virtual Town Hall — Middle Class Survival Strategies

Join us October 17th for a live interactive webinar on how the middle class can survive and thrive during this time of social and economic uncertainty.
Historic District of Detroit

Blue Today, Bluer Tomorrow

Even if Trump is somehow reelected, the wielders of power and influence — will remain deep blue for the foreseeable future. However, progressive policies are failing the working class and minorities they purport to help.
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A Conservative Opening on Urban Policy Reform

by Charles Blain — As riots and Covid-related economic problems have afflicted America’s big cities, the Right has a rare opportunity to take up the mantle of urban reform.
suburban housing growth

Why the 2020 Election Will Be Decided in Suburbia

by Joel Kotkin — American politics is increasingly about dueling geographies. Today's Democrats base is mostly urban, while the Republican base is rural and exurban—but suburbia will decide the 2020 election.
Reform, Not Defunding Police Departments

Reform, Not Defunding

by Charles Blain — Protests, and calls for defunding police departments have spread across the U.S. in recent months, but Black communities around the United States want better interactions with law enforcement, not the abolition of police departments.