America’s Role Model Should Be America

To seek a better future, America needs not to ape others, but rediscover better role models, including those provided by the original New Deal, hiding in plain sight.

High-speed rail construction in California

This Train Won’t Leave the Station

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Governor Gavin Newsom has canceled the bulk of the state’s long-proposed high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco, leaving only a tail of the once-grand project—a rail line connection between the Central Valley’s Merced and Bakersfield

Lakewood, California

Restoring the California Dream, Not Nailing Its Coffin

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Virtually everyone, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, is aware of the severity of California’s housing crisis. The bad news is that most proposals floating in Sacramento won’t solve the crisis…

How technology affects the global sex recession

Technological Progress and the Global Sex Recession

We may live amidst what seems a libidinous culture, but oddly also an increasingly sexless time. Of course, the drop in early teen sex – and even more so, teen pregnancies – represents positive developments, but…

Party of the People? Or the Oligarchs?

The Trump uprising, with a renegade capitalist serving as the tribune of the forgotten working class, appears headed toward an inevitable denouement. Trump’s intemperance, jingoism and lack of political skills have undermined the GOP’s ability to reach beyond its base in the South, the exurbs and parts of middle America.

Affordable housing in Jubilee Park

Looking Forward: A New Agenda

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — In their essay, “Looking Forward: A New Agenda,” Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox lay out five key principles for inclusive urban growth.

Downtown Los Angeles at Night

Gentrification is Failing in Los Angeles

by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky — Gentrification is failing in Los Angeles as the city suffers the highest levels of crowding, the greatest levels of poverty, the least affordable housing, the lowest homeownership rates and the second-largest concentration of homeless in the nation.

Signage at the Golden Globes

Today’s Cultural Engineers

Today, we don’t face state-controlled cultural engineers, but the trends in American and to some extent European mass culture are beginning to look almost Stalinesque in their uniformity.

The Bifurcated City

After drifting toward decrepitude since the 1970s, the urban core of many cities have experienced real, often bracing, turnarounds. Yet concern is growing that the revitalization of parts of these cities has unevenly benefited some residents at the expense of others.

Dallas Downtown

The Tech Economy’s Untold Story

Tech economy job growth trends are not nearly as favorable to the “superstars” as some urbanists imagine. If one looks at data, not press releases, a more nuanced picture emerges, with much of the fastest growth—including in tech—shifting dramatically not to the elite, dense urban centers but to more sprawling regions and the suburban periphery.