Why Companies Are Leaving California For Other States

On: The Exchange
This video piece first appeared on CNBC

Why are companies leaving California for other states?

Charles Schwab is moving its headquarters from California to Texas. Joel Kotkin, Chapman University, joins ‘The Exchange’ to discuss why more and more companies are leaving California for other states. Read more

Checking in On the Gulf of Mexico, America’s Third Coast

By: D. Dowd Muska
This article first appeared in Newsday

Despise the culture and public policies of the nation’s coasts? You’re overlooking something: the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2012, Joel Kotkin observed that the U.S. “economy, long dominated by the East and West coasts, is undergoing a dramatic geographic shift” toward “the urbanized, broadly coastal region spanning the Gulf from Brownsville, Texas, to greater Tampa.” Crowning it an “emerging … center of industry, innovation and economic growth,” the scholar speculated that “the Third Coast could become one of the major forces in 21st-century America.” Read more

Dark Days Lie Ahead in the Dystopia of California

by Gerard Baker

This article first appeared in The Times UK

With blackouts, crippling taxation and unaffordable housing, the Golden State is a feudal society of super-rich and serfs.

Fifty years ago, in her song California, Joni Mitchell captured the universal appeal of the eponymous state, a land of endless sunshine and golden opportunity. Contrasting her adopted home with the sheer greyness of life elsewhere, she wrote: “My heart cried out for you, California/ Oh California, I’m coming home”.

Coming home to California is not what people are crying out for these days. Read more

Great Australian Dream is Fading Says Planner Joel Kotkin

by Georgia Shaw, The Daily Telegraph

This article first appeared in The Daily Telegraph

A leading urban planner has accused planners of destroying the great Australian dream and urged the government to drive a renewed focus on middle Australia by targeting development on the outskirts of Sydney.

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Kotkin on KNX 1070 News Radio – Who Wants to Live in California?

With: KNX InDepth

On: KNX 10.70 News Radio

Who wants to live in California anymore? Joel Kotkin talks about the challenges that California faces in attracting people and helping them stay. Read a related piece by Joel, on losses among the family-formation age demographic critical to California’s future.

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San Francisco is Losing Residents Because It’s Too Expensive for Nearly Everyone

For the better part of two decades, the Bay Area has been a magnet for newcomers lured by a modern-day technology Gold Rush. But increasingly only those who have struck it rich can afford to stay.

Once a bohemian mecca that welcomed the Beat poets and ’60s hippies, San Francisco now lays claim to the most expensive housing in the West, with a median home price of $1.4 million. There’s also $5 a gallon gas, private schools priced like universities and chic restaurants that cost nearly double the national average.

Earlier this year, the San Francisco Bay Area was second only to New York — and ahead of Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chicago — when it came to people leaving major U.S. cities. More than 28,190 departed in the second quarter of 2019, almost double 2017’s rate, according to a regular Migration Report from real estate brokerage Redfin.

“The great tragedy is this place was a middle-class paradise, and now you’ve got the flight of the middle class with all their aspirations, leaving the poor, the rich and a transient population,” says Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Read the full article at USA Today.

Kotkin Talks About Elites Against Western Civilization with Larry Elder

With: Larry Elder

On: The Larry Elder Show

Joel Kotkin talks about his recent article, Elites Against Western Civilization with Larry Elder, and how advocacy journalism that focuses on a single point of view — instead of informative journalism — hinders solving our problems. Read the related piece by Joel, that is referenced during this interview.

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Kotkin Talks About the Perils of Forgetting with Amanda Vanstone

With: Amanda Vanstone

On: Counterpoint on Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Joel Kotkin talks about the perils of forgetting with Amanda Vanstone, and how the academic focus on a single point of view is contributing to our age of amnesia.  Read the related piece by Joel, on the Age of Amnesia, that is referenced during this interview.

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Kotkin Talks About the Politics of Procreation with Danielle Smith

With: Danielle Smith

On: The Danielle Smith Show on Newstalk 770

Joel Kotkin talks with Danielle Smith talks on the topic of the American birth rate and how it relates to the issue of immigration. Read the related article, by Joel Kotkin on post-familialism, which will drive many of the biggest economic challenges facing many countries. To be sure, a major reduction in childbearing is a blessing in some impoverished parts of the globe, but declining birthrates, and the consequent drop in the workforce, will sap the growth of the higher income countries they depend upon for trade and finance.

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Narrated: The Age of Amnesia

Narrated by: Greg Ellis

On: Quillette

Greg Ellis reads Age of Amnesia, Joel Kotkin’s essay on how the West is in danger of forgetting its own history. It was published in Quillette on July 15, 2019.