The Single-Family House: An American Icon Faces Uncertain Future

This article by Rick Hampson first appeared at USA Today.

House, sweet house

If Whitman was the poet of the single-family house, its polemicist is Joel Kotkin, a former East Coast newspaperman who now lives and teaches college in suburban Southern California. Three years ago, he founded a Houston-based think tank, the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, to extol the low-regulation, low-tax school of real estate development. Read more

Californians Fed Up With Housing Costs and Taxes are Fleeing State in Big Numbers

Excerpted from an article by Jeff Daniels that first appeared at CNBC

Californians may still love the beautiful weather and beaches, but more and more they are fed up with the high housing costs and taxes and deciding to flee to lower-cost states such as Nevada, Arizona and Texas.

“There’s nowhere in the United States that you can find better weather than here,” said Dave Senser, who lives on a fixed income near San Luis Obispo, California, and now plans to move to Las Vegas. “Rents here are crazy, if you can find a place, and they’re going to tax us to death. That’s what it feels like. At least in Nevada they don’t have a state income tax. And every little bit helps.” Read more

California’s Middle Class is in Decline, Despite the State’s Immense Wealth

This article first appeared at: Roots Radio, WMOT

California’s lush coastline, balmy climate and post-World War II economic promise made it an easy sell as America’s middle class paradise in the 1950s.

“The California Dream of two or three generations ago was, `I’m going to move from a place that’s cold and flat to a place where there’s lots of opportunity,’” said Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in Urban Futures at  Chapman University in Orange. “’I’ll get a job in an aerospace factory, in an oil company. I’ll buy a house with a pool. I’ll die and go to heaven. And I’ll do it all in good weather.’” Read more

Joel Kotkin Interview on WVON 1690AM Radio

By: WVON 1690AM Chicago
On: Middays with Perri Small

Joel Kotkin talks with Ms. Perri Small on WVON radio, about the cities where African-Americans are doing best economically in 2018. Click the Play button below to listen (mp3 audio file); interview starts at 01:28.

 

Joel Talks with Rod Arquette About Where African Americans Do Best Economically

By: KNRS Salt Lake City
On: Rod Arquette Show

Joel recently appeared on the Rod Arquette show in Salt Lake City to talk about where African Americans are doing best. Click the Play button below to listen (mp3 audio file) Joel’s segment starts at 1:42.

Joel Kotkin on KFI’s “John and Ken Show” with Jane Wells

By: KFI News, KFI FM 640
On: Joel Kotkin on John and Ken Show

Joel Kotkin, a Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in California, on KFI News with Jane Wells discussing California, religion and what the new tax plan means.

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Joel Kotkin on End of Capitalism: McIntyre In The Morning KABC 790

By: KABC 790
On: McIntyre In The Morning

Joel Kotkin interviewed on KABC 790. Joel discusses the ‘end of capitalism’ and western civilization, especially millennial rejection of capitalism.

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Mayors to Young America: ‘Can We Talk?’

Excerpted from an article that first appeared at Politico.

Craft beer helps, but affordable housing is key

…One reason for millennials’ short stays may be the kind of housing crunch that has affected Seattle in the wake of its tech-driven colonization, as well as the affordability issues native to traditional hubs like New York and San Francisco. Joel Kotkin, a fellow in urban studies at Chapman University, has chronicled how millennials are increasingly drawn to less-dense cities in the Sun Belt and other not-so-hip areas not traditionally known for easy access to gluten-free pizza and $200-per-week “co-working” spaces.

Read the full article at Politico.

Climate Change: Are We Adapting?

By: Microbin Radio
On: AM970 The Answer

Climate change is a real phenomenon. What can we do to mitigate damage from future climate disasters? What are the challenges for urban planning? What are the costs and who should take the lead: government, private sector or a public/private partnership?

Michael Robinson tackles climate change issues with guests Dr. Nina Lam, Steve Valk, Joel Kotkin and John Elkington.

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Tech Giants Promise to Heal Themselves But the Internet Was Built to Hate

This excerpt is from an article by Harry Siegel that first appeared in The Daily Beast.

The self-serve, untouched-by-human-hands model is meant to give giant ad companies plausible deniability about what it is they’re selling—and who they’re selling it to. It wasn’t us, just our code!

The good news is that the public and media are finally catching up with what Joel Kotkin and others have been warning for years now about the danger of tech oligarchs with market shares the robber barons of the 19th century would envy. If we really want to restore America confidence, we’re overdue for a new era of trust busting.

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