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Southern California Needs A Better Marketing Strategy

by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky — Largely invented, a semi-desert far from the metropolitan heartland of the nation, Southern California has relied on a combination of engineering genius and marketing bravado. The constructed infrastructure has become creaky, but still functions.

California's Housing Crisis and the Density Delusion

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Once seen as a human-scale alternative to high density cities of the past, California’s cities are targeted by policy makers and planners who claim ever greater densification will help relieve the state’s severe housing crisis.
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Where Small Town America Is Thriving

by Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill — Big city America has long demonstrated a distaste for its smaller cousins. While many of these smaller communities are in demographic decline as the ambitious young go elsewhere, smaller communities are far more diverse --- and have far greater potential -- than is commonly believed.

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Orange County Focus

How can Orange County become a better place to live for all of its residents? Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky explore the challenges and solutions in Orange County Focus: Forging Our Common Future, a research brief from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy.
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Localism In America

Edited by Joel Kotkin and Ryan Streeter, a new report on “Localism in America” is a collection of essays from AEI and the Center for Opportunity for Urbanism.

The report highlights ideas and proposals from writers of diverse ideological backgrounds about the promise and limits of taking on big challenges at the local level.

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