View from The Left Coast event - Live Speaker Panel

Views from The Left Coast: The Future of Cities

The Western US has long been an innovator in developing the urban form, notably in the creation of suburbanized, multipolar cities. Yet now that model is showing strain, and there’s a fierce debate about how western cities should grow.

The philanthropy threat comes from an agenda that seeks to expand state power.

The Philanthropy Threat

Increasingly, philanthropy is shifting away from hospitals and libraries toward a progressive agenda that seeks, ultimately, to transform lives through the expansion of state power.

The Future of the Big American City is Not Bright

The Future of Cities: The Future of the Big American City Is Not Bright

As COVID-19 begins to wane and become endemic, the question for policymakers, theorists, and Americans at large is: What is in store for our nation’s big cities? Please return weekly to read each chapter as it is published.

A new train robbery is happening as demographic changes make train transit a poor investment.

The Great Train Robbery

We are about to pour an unprecedented $20 billion more into transit, especially subways and other trains even as demographics and changing technology makes it very unlikely that we are about to become a nation of train travelers.

Future of Cities - The Great Dispersion

The Future of Cities: The Great Dispersion

This chapter describes general urbanization trends in the United States and around the world, from 1950 to the present. This book is being published as a series, with permission of the American Enterprise Institute. Please return weekly to read each chapter as it is published.

The California dream has become a nightmare for too many of the state's residents.

How the California Dream Became a Nightmare

For Americans, California once looked like the future. It was a state defined by risk-taking and utopian dreaming. Yet for most Californians today, the upward mobility so central to the state’s ethos is rapidly disappearing.

Taylor Swift is emblematic of the successful single woman

The Rise of the Single Woke Female

by Joel Kotkin and Samuel J. Abrams — The rise of the single woke female (SWF) – a twist on the personal ad abbreviation for single white female – is one of the great untold stories of changing American politics.

Future of Cities - American Aspiration

The Future of Cities: American Aspiration is Metropolitan

Before urban amenities and jobs existed, these were places of aspirations with ambitious founders.This book is being published as a series, with permission of the American Enterprise Institute. Please return weekly to read each chapter as it is published.

California’s Budget Surplus Has Vanished; Its Economy Faces a Harsh Reality

by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky — California’s budget surplus has vanished and the much-celebrated California boom is facing a harsh reality. This painful reality can be turned to our advantage and help us pivot our economy toward greater economic diversity and opportunity for most Californians.

The Future of Cities - a collection of essays

The Future of Cities

Whatever the future holds for humanity, it is likely to take place in an urban context. Yet, as this book will demonstrate, there are many, and sometimes divergent, urban futures. This book is being published as a series, with permission of the American Enterprise Institute. Please return weekly to read each chapter as it is published.