The Sun Belt Is Rising Again, New Census Numbers Show

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Forbes

From 2009-11, Americans seemed to be clustering again in dense cities, to the great excitement urban boosters. The recently released 2015 Census population estimates confirm that was an anomaly. Americans have strongly returned to their decades long pattern of greater suburbanization and migration to Read more

Even as They Retire, it’s Still About the Boomers

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Orange County Register

America’s baby boomers, even as they increasingly enter retirement, continue to dominate our political economy in ways no previous group of elderly has done. Sadly, their impact has also proven toxic, presenting our beleaguered electorate a likely Hobbesian presidential choice between a disliked, and distrusted, political veteran and a billionaire agitator most Americans find scary. Read more

End Of One-Child Policy Is Unlikely To Solve China’s Looming Aging Crisis

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Forbes

By finally backing away from its one-child policy, China would seem to be opening the gates again to demographic expansion. But it may prove an opening that few Chinese embrace, for a host of reasons. Read more

Oil Bust? Bah — North Dakota Is Still Poised To Thrive

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Forbes

Oil and gas companies have the worst public image of any industry in the United States, according to Gallup. But it’s well-loved in a swathe of the U.S. from the northern Plains to the Gulf Coast, where the boom in unconventional energy production has transformed economies Read more

The Cities Americans Are Thronging To And Fleeing

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Forbes

Cities get ranked in numerous ways — by income, hipness, tech-savviness and livability — but there may be nothing more revealing about the shifting fortunes of our largest metropolitan areas than patterns of domestic migration. Read more

Economic Progress is More Effective Than Protests

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The Daily Beast

The election of Barack Obama promised to inaugurate the dawn of a post-racial America. Instead we seem to be stepping ever deeper into a racial quagmire. The past two month saw the violent commemoration of Read more

Latinos in California

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In: KABC Radio 790 Los Angeles

Joel recently appeared on KABC’s McIntyre in the Morning to talk about the Latino population in California and its prospects for the future.
Click the Play button below to listen. (mp3 audio file)

Housing the Future: Report

Housing the FutureFor generations, the Inland empire has provided a convenient target for criticism from the Southern California coastal cities, largely derided as a smoggy expanse populated by less-skilled workers. Yet in reality, the Riverside-San Bernardino area has emerged as the indispensable geography for the region’s hard-press middle class, for the foreign born and even for millennials.

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Malls Washed Up? Not Quite Yet

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The Daily Beast

Maybe it’s that reporters don’t like malls. After all they tend to be young, highly urban, single, and highly educated, not the key demographic at your local Macy’s, much less H&M.

But for years now, the conventional wisdom in the media is that the mall—particularly in the suburbs—is doomed. Read more

The Changing Geography of Racial Opportunity

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Real Clear Politics

In the aftermath of the Baltimore riots, there is increased concern with issues of race and opportunity. Yet most of the discussion focuses on such things as police brutality, perceptions of racism and other issues that are dear to the hearts of today’s progressive chattering classes. Together they are creating what talk show host Tavis Smiley, writing in Time, has labeled “an American catastrophe.”

Yet what has not been looked at nearly as much are the underlying conditions that either restrict or enhance upward mobility among racial minorities Read more