Amazon HQ2 Controversy: What Did Jeff Bezos Want in NYC Anyway?

By: New York Observer

Amazon’s decision to settle half of its $5 billion HQ2 project in Long Island, New York City, last November was a big surprise to tech industry experts and ordinary observers alike, for the obvious reason that the Big Apple simply seemed too crowded to take in another 25,000 workers that Amazon planned to bring to the new headquarters. Read more

West Hollywood Emerged Stronger from the 1990s Recession Because of Its Gay Economy


California was one of the states hardest hit by a national recession in the early 1990s. A decline in defense spending that seriously hurt the state’s booming defense industry, plus sharply reduced demand for goods and services produced in the state led to a collapse of the real estate market.

Though the city was only five years old when the recession began in 1989, “Few communities emerged from the recession stronger, or with better prospects, than West Hollywood,” according to Los Angeles economist Joel Kotkin. He wrote an opinion piece published by the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 26, 1995 in which he credited the “gay economy” for West Hollywood’s economic resilience. The headline, “L.A.’s Latest Economic Force: Gays, Lesbians” was the first such acknowledgement of the significance of the city’s gay economy in the mainstream news media.

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Joel Kotkin Interviewed by Peter Tilden

By: KABC 790AM
On: Peter Tilden Weeknights – Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin talks with Peter Tilden on 790KABC, discussing the impact of LA’s increasing urban densification and how it is affecting previously middle and working class neighborhoods.

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Tech Giants Want to Solve the Housing Nightmare They Created

By: Ankita RaolJan
On: Vice

“These companies are so dominant,” argued Joel Kotkin, a fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in California, and author of The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us. “There’s only a few people who have money, and even in doing things that are necessary, it’s going to be the affordable housing they want.”

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The New Geography of Kids: Understand the Future of Households with Children or Else

By: Builder Online

The kids are alright.

Except, one thing. Where are they?

Where will they be?

Birthrates are falling. Death rates climbing. These two, combined, account for the fact that the “U.S. Population Grew at the Slowest Pace in More than 80 Years.”

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Joel Kotkin Talks with Peter Boyle about Today’s Cultural Engineering

By: KNUS 710AM
On: Peter Boyles On-Demand – Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin talks with Peter Boyle on 710KNUS, discussing the impact of today’s cultural engineering on media, politics, and our educational institutions.

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Beyond H2Q-Amania: Why the Rise of the Rest Bodes Well for the Midwest

By: Builder Online

Perhaps, no two four-letter words matter more to people whose livelihoods revolve around building homes for other people to live in and prosper.

Which two four-letter words come to mind? [It’s forgiveness Friday, so there are no wrong answers.]

Jobs is one. Dirt is the other. Read more

Tucker Carlson Highlights ‘Terrifying’ Prediction That America Is Heading for ‘Oligarchical Socialism’

By: Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson highlighted Wednesday a “terrifying” piece that warns America is headed for “oligarchical socialism,” where the large majority of wealth will be concentrated among a small number of tech billionaires.

The author of the Orange County Register column, Joel Kotkin, said Wednesday that tech giants, like Facebook and Amazon, prefer non-unionized, part-time workers and an increasing number from overseas. But he said they do not want to pay for benefits and pensions for full-time employees like traditionally “evil” oil companies and manufacturers.

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Joel Kotkin Talks Housing Costs with McIntyre

By: KABC 790AM
On: McIntyre in the Morning  – Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin talks with McIntyre on 790KABC, discussing the impact of housing costs in California – especially major metropolitan areas.

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Joel Kotkin on the Rod Arquette Show

By: KNRS 105.9AM
On: Rod Arquette, October 8, 2018 – Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin with Rod Arquette on KNRS radio in Salt Lake City discusses his piece in the Orange County Register about America’s continued success despite who is President.

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