Entries by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox

The Future of Racial Politics

Appearing in: Real Clear Politics From its inception, the American experiment has been dogged by racial issues. Sadly, this was even truer this year. Eight years after electing the first African-American president, not only are race relations getting worse, according to surveys, but the electorate remains as ethnically divided as in any time of recent […]

The Texas Urban Model

Appearing in: Center for Opportunity Urbanism This essay is part of a new report from the Center for Opportunity Urbanism titled "The Texas Way of Urbanism". Download the entire report here. The future of American cities can be summed up in five letters: Texas. The metropolitan areas of the Lone Star state are developing rapidly. […]

Urbanism, Texas-Style

Appearing in: The City Journal Cities, noted René Descartes, should provide “an inventory of the possible,” a transformative experience—and a better life—for those who migrate to them. This was certainly true of seventeenth-century Amsterdam, about which the French philosopher was speaking. And it’s increasingly true of Texas’s fast-growing metropolises—Houston, Dallas–Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. […]

Our Town: Restoring Localism

This is an introduction to a new report from the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, "Our Town: Restoring Localism." Download the full report here. America is facing a critical moment in its evolution, one that threatens both its future prosperity and the integrity of its institutions. Over the past several decades, government has become increasingly centralized, […]

The States Gaining And Losing The Most Migrants — And Money

Appearing in: Forbes When comparing the health of state economies, we usually look at employment and incomes. Another critical indicator worth closer attention is where Americans choose to move, and the places they are leaving. American history has been shaped by migration, from England to the Eastern seaboard, and later from the Atlantic Coast toward […]

California for Whom?

Appearing in: Orange County Register

“Old in error,” writes historian Kevin Starr, “California remains an American hope.” Historically, our state has been a beacon to outsiders seeking a main chance: from gold miners and former Confederates to Midwesterners displaced…