GH&H Railroad Bridge, Buffalo Bayou Houston, TexasPatrick Feller, used under CC 2.0 License

The Future of Superstar Cities and Houston, CA’s Problems, Warehouse Glut, Why Tech in HTX

by Tory Gattis — The lead item this week is a really interesting piece my friend George sent me on the future of superstar cities by Matthew Yglesias.  I think his observations are directionally correct, but he’s missing some pretty important nuances.
The Astrodome Conservancy starts campaign to repurpose the Astrodome

Astrodome Campaign Ideas, MaX Lanes, Pandemic Migration and More

by Tory Gattis — The Astrodome Conservancy starts a campaign to re-engage the public on what to do with the Astrodome. Will they go big? Or, propose a more modest, affordable plan?
Struggling neighborhood in Baltimore

Woke Politics a Disaster for Minorities

by Joel Kotkin — Will the woke policies of a Biden administration translate to better lives for minorities? History suggests they could be a disaster.
Case for moving to Houston

Bloomberg’s Case for Moving to Houston, URI 2020 Year in Review Video, and More

by Tory Gattis — Bloomberg Businessweek's makes "The Case for Moving to Houston" in a story on high-tech workers leaving the big expensive coastal cities.
Chicago positioning itself to become next middle class hub

Chicago & Positioning: Becoming the Next Middle Class Hub

In this episode of the Feudal Future podcast, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky talk with Pete Saunders about how Chicago can better position itself to become the next middle class hub.
Ownership and Opportunity: New Report from Urban Reform Institute

Ownership and Opportunity: A New Report from Urban Reform Institute

Ownership and Opportunity, a new report from Urban Reform Institute, explores the connection between homeownership and opportunity for upward mobility.
Aerial view of Houston, Texas

Planning Starts for Houston’s Managed Lanes Network, Plus COVID Impact on Metro Ridership

by Tory Gattis — Dallas has experienced a ridership drop of 57%, nearly identical to Houston. We probably won't see a rebound in transit ridership until there is widespread vaccination and rush-hour traffic congestion returns to pre-covid levels.
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.
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.