There’s a Baby Bust in CA, and it’s Hurting the Economy

By: 89.3 KPCC

On: Take Two, hosted by A. Martínez

Having a baby just isn’t a priority for a lot of Southern Californians right now, and baby, that’s a problem.

The state has hit a record low birth rate that’s even lower than during the Great Depression. Read more

Joel Kotkin Interview on KRLD Radio

By: KRLD Radio
On: News Radio 1080

There is no better place than north Texas to find jobs anywhere in the country.  This is according to a new study from Forbes. Joel Kotkin, a Forbes contributor, joined 1080 KRLD to talk about the study on Tuesday.

KRLD’s David Rancken asked him, “Why are Dallas, Plano and Irving at the top of the list?”



Purpose, order, nature as organizing principles of humanized cities

This article first appeared at Saudi Gazette

Day three of the Humanizing Saudi Cities conference in Madinah took a distinctly philosophical turn and focused on the principles that both have been and should be applied to city planning. The apparent gulf that opened between what planners think citizens should have and what the citizens want, even if they are unable to vocalize it, is considerable. However, speakers argued, planners are beginning to appreciate and understand how people work and live in cities and positive changes are taking place.

The principles of the beneficial effect of greening cities has been long known, said Joel Kotkin, author of ‘The Human City; Urbanism for the Rest of Us’. Quoting Aristotle he identified what he believed was the starting point for planning; “A city comes into being for the sake of life; it exists for the sake of living well.” Read more

Joel Kotkin Interview on PRX Radio

By: Public Radio Exchange (PRX)
On: Guy Rathbun

A Dystopian Future
Urban studies professor Joel Kotkin is not convinced that the frenzy for redesigning cities is good for everyone. In fact, he writes in his book, The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, that the designers do not consider the needs and desires of the vast majority of people.

Joel Kotkin is a fellow in urban studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. He writes about demographic, social, and economic trends in the U.S. and internationally.

David Brooks of the New York Times tagged Kotkin with the title “America’s uber-geographer”.


Joel Kotkin on McIntyre Show

By: KABC AM790 Los Angeles and OC
On: Doug McIntyre Show with Leeann Tweeden

Joel Kotkin talks with McIntryre about the USA Today story on single family housing in America.
Click the Play button below to listen (mp3 audio file).

Read the related article here

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.