Photo credit: Rafał Konieczny, Sacramento Capitol building

Why Can’t California Create Viable National Leaders Anymore?

California politicians like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan achieved national power, establishing the primary strands of conservative thought. Yet since Brown’s last attempt to win the White House a quarter-century ago, no presidential candidate from California has made a serious bid.
Luxury high rise buildings are seen in lower ManhattanPhoto credit: Ted McGrath

The Luxury City is Going Bust

In a year when two boosters of the “luxury city,” Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg, are vying to run the whole country, the very model that created their “success” is slowly unraveling. After roughly 20 years of big-city progress, measured by economic growth and demographic progress, the dense urban centers, including New York, are again teetering on the brink of decline.
Voting in the US by Becky McCrayPhoto: Becky McCray

How Different Generations are Influencing Our Politics

Race, gender and class may be shaping our society, but increasingly generational change drives our politics. Yet the key issue here may not be culture but economics.


Toward More Equitable Urban Growth ReportBeyond Gentrification: Towards Equitable Growth

This new report explores how unbalanced urban growth has exacerbated class divisions, particularly in the urban centers of our largest’s metropolitan areas.
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California Becoming More Feudal

Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky explore how California’s leaders can improve things for the next generation in California Becoming More Feudal, With Ultra-Rich Lording Over Declining Middle Class, a research brief from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy.
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Kotkin on the topic of urban life and pandemics


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