Joel Kotkin Talks About COVID-19 Impacts on Work and Life

Host: Paul Orgel

On: Washington Journal, C-Span

Chapman University’s Joel Kotkin on C-Span, talking about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on urban centers in the United States.

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Coronavirus Will Reshape Our Cities — We Just Don’t Know How Yet

By: Michael Safi
In: The Guardian

Few residents of the world’s great metropolises would have thought much about plagues before this year. Outside China and east Asia – made vigilant by swine flu and Sars – the trauma of pandemics such as Spanish flu or typhoid has largely faded from popular memory. But our cities remember….

But the rebound might not be strongest in the cities that currently have superstar status. People were already leaving the cores of metropolises such as New York and Paris before Covid struck, says Joel Kotkin, a fellow in urban studies at Chapman University in California. Read more

Certain Trends are Already Emerging to Reveal How Coronavirus Will Change Where We want to Live

Appearing in: MarketWatch
By: Jessica Wakeman

Answering the question “Where do you want to live?” has always been a complicated calculation, taking into account everything from job opportunities to cost of living to climate to proximity to family and friends. Nowadays there’s something new to factor in: how COVID-19 may change how — and where — we want to live.

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Joel Kotkin talks with Andy Caldwell

By: Andy Caldwell
On: Soundcloud

Joel Kotkin talks with Andy Caldwell about his just released book, The Coming of Neo Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class and how the coronavirus is affecting small businesses. Joel’s section starts at 42:24 Read more

Joel Talks About Hygienic Fascism with Dennis Prager

On: The Dennis Prager Show

Joel Kotkin joins Dennis to talk about his latest piece published in The Hill “Hygienic fascism: Turning the world into a ‘safe space’ — but at what cost?” Read more

Coronavirus lessons on density, mass transit, bureaucracy and censorship: They kill.

Appearing in: USA Today
By: Glenn Harlan Reynolds

The novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, also known as COVID-19, is still spreading around the world. Even now, there are many things we don’t know: How fatal will it turn out to be when all the numbers are crunched? Did it escape from a Chinese lab? Can we make a vaccine? What’s the best treatment? Read more

Coronavirus is making some people rethink where they want to live

Appearing in: CBS58

By: Catherine E. Shoichet and Athena Jones, CNN

A moving truck came to Rebecca Stevens-Walter’s New York apartment this week.

But she wasn’t there to help pack boxes or supervise the crew.

In mid-March, the 39-year-old pastor flew to New Mexico with her husband and two kids. They left so suddenly they barely had time to prepare for the trip.

“We fled,” she says. “Our apartment looked like the rapture had come. … And we definitely had the conversation, ‘What if we don’t go back?'”

The streets of the city she loves — and many major cities across the US — are hauntingly empty as the pandemic leaves most of the country on lockdown.

It’s a chilling sign of the times, and one that brings to mind a big question: After the pandemic passes, will some people choose to leave big-city life behind? Read more

Pandemic Changing How Americans Buy and Sell Homes

Appearing in: The Oklahoman

By: Jeff Ostrowski

The coronavirus pandemic is roiling the real estate market.

Home sales are down. Job losses have soared. Lenders have tightened mortgage requirements.

That’s the immediate fallout. This health scare and economic shock might also leave a lasting mark on how Americans buy and sell homes.

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How Life in Our Cities Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Appearing on: ForeignPolicy.com

The introduction and Joel Kotkin’s piece are excerpted below.

The pandemic will change urban life forever. We asked 11 leading global experts in urban policy, planning, history, and health for their predictions.

Cities are at the center of this pandemic, as they have been during so many plagues in history. The virus originated in a crowded city in central China. It spread between cities and has taken the most lives in cities. New York has become the world’s saddest, most dismal viral hotspot. Read more

Joel Talks About Cities After Coronavirus with John Steigerwald

On: The John Steigerwald Show

Joel Kotkin (Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, Executive Director of the Urban Reform Institute, Author of, “The Human City: Urbanism For The Rest Of Us”) joins the show to discuss his article at Fortune titled, “After Coronavirus, We Need To Rethink Densely Populated Cities”.

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