Jill Carlson (jillcarlson.org) from Roman Forest, Texas, USA (Hurricane Harvey Flooding and Damage)

How to Deal With an Age of Disasters

by Joel Kotkin — When Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, followed by a strong hurricane in Florida, much of the media response indicated that the severe weather was a sign of catastrophic climate change…

California Housing Shortage

California Politicians Not Serious About Fixing Housing Crisis

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — California’s political leaders, having ignored and even abetted our housing shortage, now pretend that they will “solve it.”

Hurricanes Don’t Kill Cities — People Do

Cities that believe in themselves are hard to kill. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey many pundits have urged Houston to abandon many of the traits that have made it a dynamic, growing metropolis…

Collapsed road in Houston after Hurrican Harvey

Spotlight on Infrastructure After Harvey

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Recent tragic events in Houston and across the Gulf Coast once again demonstrated the woeful inadequacy of our infrastructure. Hopefully, some good will come of Hurricane Harvey.

Trump Must Go, But the Disruption Must Stay

The great disrupter is rapidly becoming a great disaster — for the country, his party and even his own political base.

Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus

U.S. Cities Have a Glut of High-Rises and Still Lack Affordable Housing

Perhaps nothing thrills mayors and urban boosters like the notion of endless towers rising above their city centers. New high-rise residential construction has been among the hottest areas for real estate investors…

The Great Transit Rip-Off

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Over the past decade, there has been a growing fixation among planners and developers alike for a return to the last century’s monocentric cities served by large-scale train systems.

A New Way Forward on Trade and Immigration

President Trump’s policy agenda may seem incoherent, but his underlying approach — developed, in large part, by now-departed chief strategist Steve Bannon — can be best summarized in one word: nationalism.

Los Angeles at Night

McIntyre In The Morning Interviews Joel Kotkin on California Transit

Joel Kotkin interviewed on KABC. Joel discusses how California transit policy is or is not working — and whether or not our approach to transportation policy makes sense.

California’s Coming Youth Deficit

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Images of California, particularly the southern coast, are embedded with those associated with youthfulness. In reality, the state is falling behind in growth of its youthful population…