Nissan LEAF automobile

What Does the Future Hold for the Automobile?

For a generation, the car has been reviled by city planners, greens and not too few commuters. In the past decade, some boldly predicted the onset of “peak car” and an auto-free future…

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The Bottom Line of the Culture Wars

This article first appeared at The Orange County Register. America’s seemingly unceasing culture wars are not good for business, particularly for a region like Southern California. As we see Hollywood movie stars, professional athletes and the mainstream media types line up along uniform ideological lines, a substantial portion of the American ticket and TV watching […]

Jeremy Corbyn, Chatham House

The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism

When Donald Trump was elected president, much of American Jewish leadership reacted with something close to hysteria. To some, Trump’s presidency reflected the traditional face of the anti-Semitic right — xenophobic, nationalist and culturally conservative.

Jill Carlson ( 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.

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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.