Burning Minneapolis Police Dept.

Pandemics and Pandemonium

The rage ignited by the death of George Floyd is symptomatic of a profound sense of alienation among millions of poor, working class urbanites. The already diminished prospects facing many workers have only been worsened by the unforeseen onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and the policies devised to combat it.

Vengeance of the serfs, an engraving by Charles Michel Geoffroy, 1845

How Coronavirus Pandemic is Bringing a Return to Feudalism

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many things, but also accelerated America’s descent into a new form of feudalism. The preexisting conditions of extreme economic concentration, inequality and reduced social mobility already were painfully evident before, but the pandemic has made them considerably worse.

The Coronavirus is Also Spreading a Dark New Era of Neo-Feudalism

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the global shift already underway towards a neo-feudal society, characterized by declining social mobility and greater concentrations of power. In the neo-Feudal world, as in its Medieval predecessor, the middle class loses its primacy…

View of Lower Manhattan by Petr Kratochvil

Blue City Lockdowns Obscure COVID’s Root Causes

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Would targeted attention to exposure density, mass transit, and poverty would be a more efficient and effective COVID response than the than the one our elites are currently forcing upon us?

The Future of Real Estate, Post-COVID

The Future of Residential and Commercial Real Estate

What is the future of real estate after Covid-19? Please join Richard Florida, Joel Kotkin, Marshall Toplansky and other leading experts to see where the real estate market is going. We will be discussing issues including the future of office space, retail, affordable housing, inner cities, suburbs and small towns.

The New Geography of America, Post-Coronavirus

by Joel Kotkin — It is impossible to predict the impact of coronavirus beyond the immediate future, but it is not likely to be favorable for dense urbanity. A recent Harris poll suggested that nearly two in five urban residents are considering a move to a less crowded place.

Millennials, the screwed generation

The Coronavirus Means Millennials Are More Screwed Than Ever

by Joel Kotkin — In the nearly eight years since I first described millennials as “the screwed generation,” things have only worsened for those born between 1982 and 2000—and the coronavirus is now accelerating that slide.

Towards a Better Urbanism

by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplanksy — At a time when even the New York Times is noticing that density and transit pose serious health risks for any potential re-opening, urbanists attack their critics as “anti-urbanist” or “sprawl lovers” or “urban gadflies.”

Crowded city streets of Toronto

The Glory—and Risk—of Cities

The glory of cities is to serve as places of interaction between people and economies. Yet throughout history—from Roman times to the present—this advantage has also entailed exposure to deadly contagions.

Hygienic Fascism: Turning the World Into a ‘Safe Space’ — But at What Cost?

Even as we try to battle the COVID-19 pestilence, we may be contracting a more dangerous virus — hygienic fascism. This involves a process when our political leaders defer to a handful of “experts,” who impose highly draconian regulations based on certain assumptions about public health, without popular recourse.