Unaffordable housing is becoming the key economic issue facing America's beleaguered middle class

You Can’t Fix Housing with New Houses. We Need New Cities

Housing is rapidly becoming the key economic issue facing America’s beleaguered middle class. Even as interest rates rise, rents are on a wild binge, up near 20 percent in the past year or more in some cities. We need a new approach to cities and housing policy.

Exurbia, shown in an aerial photography

Exurbia Rising

Perhaps nowhere is the gap between America’s cognitive elite and its populace larger than in their preferred urban forms. For nearly a century—interrupted only by the Depression and the Second World War—Americans have been heading further from the urban core, seeking affordable and safe communities with good schools, parks, and a generally more tranquil lifestyle in “exurbia”.

Webinar: The Case for Suburbia | March 8, 2022

Webinar: The Case for Suburbia

The seeming success of compact cities and the supposed dangers of sprawl to the climate have led to pushback against sprawling, car-dominated cities. Join us as we discuss the environmental case for suburbia.

High-rise offices in Austin, Texas

The Tech Breakdown

Is a tech breakdown here? The recent Meta stock meltdown suggests turbulence in the tech world and a difficult period ahead for the company formerly known as Facebook.

Xi Jingping and Vladimir Putin work toward a Eurasian century

The New Eurasian Century

An emerging Eurasian century encompasses Russia and its expanding list of recovered satellites, as well as China, the world’s premier dictatorship and workshop.

FBC Board meeting

Fresno Business Council Meeting

Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky join a Fresno Business Council Board Meeting to discuss unaffordable housing and solutions to housing costs.

Transition to green economy hurting the poorest

Green Hypocrisy Hurts the Poorest

by Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger — The wounds of green hypocrisy are self-inflicted — a product of misguided policies meant to accelerate the transition to green energy.

Jeff Bezos sits atop the concentration of power in tech company consolidation

The Zaibatsu-ization of America

The zaibatu-ization of America’s economy presents an enormous problem of governance. Our constitutional structure is based on the notion of many competing players.

Truckers strike in a working class protest

A New Dawn for the Working Class?

Once working-class protests were often organised by leftists or even Communists, but many of today’s working-class radical movements take on a different, more populist and distinctly anti-statist character.

How Biden Can Defeat China

How can Biden defeat China? Supporting the industrial renaissance taking place in America’s heartland can address our ruinous dependence on China, while accelerating job growth.