Is the Big Cities Boom Over? Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida Debate on Munk Debates

Does the COVID-19 pandemic spell the end of the big cities boom?

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe, but it’s our cities that have felt the greatest impact. Research shows that 95% of people infected with the virus live in urban areas. Read more

Joel Kotkin talks to Quillette’s Toby Young About the Pandemic and its Riotous Aftermath

By: Toby Young
On: Quillette

Joel Kotkin, executive director of the Urban Reform Institute and author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, talks to Toby Young about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on American cities and the rioting that broke out following the death of George Floyd. Joel recently wrote about this in a piece entitled Pandemics and Pandemonium for Quillette. Read more

Joel Kotkin Discusses The Coming of Neo-Feudalism with Mark Bauerlein

By: Mark Bauerlein
On: First Things

Joel Kotkin joins contributing editor Mark Bauerlein on the First Things podcast to talk about his recently published book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class Read more

Joel Kotkin talks with Dan Proft about Blue-icide

By: Dan Proft
On: Omny

Joel Kotkin talks with Dan Proft about his recent piece — first published in Tablet Magazine, Urban Blues, on how progressives are engaged in a process of blue-icide. Read more

Book Interview: Joel Kotkin Speaks on Neo-Feudalism with Financial Sense

By: Chris Sheridan
On: FS Insider

Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Urban Reform Institute, speaks with FS Insider about his latest book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class.

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Joel on Rod Arquette: A Better Future After COVID-19?

By: KNRS 105.9 Talk Radio
On: Rod Arquette Show

Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Urban Reform Institute, joins the Rod Arquette show to discuss his recent piece in The Daily Beast on how the coronavirus may be pushing America toward a better future.


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From the Right: Summer reading for political junkies

By: George J. Marlin
On: The Island Now

For some years, I have been recommending new political books readers might choose to crack open during their summer vacations. This year, however, I am taking a slightly different approach because many interesting books slated for publication in the spring have been put off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

So, for political junkies, I recommend not only recent publications, but several books published decades ago that I took down from my library shelves and reread while confined to my home. (The out-of-print books can be purchased at abebooks.com.)

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Joel Kotkin talks with Danielle Smith about the Rebellion of America’s New Underclass

By: Danielle Smith
On: Omny

Joel Kotkin talks with Danielle Smith about how many Americans are being permanently marginalized, and how this economic disparity for younger generations threatens instability, politically and otherwise. Read more

Counterpoint: Yes, the Twin Cities are Harmfully Segregated

By: Frederic W. (“Fritz”) Knaak
In: StarTribune

The June 23 commentary “This area’s been told for decades: Segregation won’t work” provides a compelling background leading up to the current unrest in Minneapolis. Yet its conclusions may lead us in the wrong direction in search of solutions. Read more

Reinventing ‘the Burbs’ with an Urban Twist

By: Haisten Willis
In: Washington Post

Mixed-use real estate, walkability and mass transit part of the new mix

The back-to-the-city narrative that took hold in the years after the Great Recession described a new generation — millennials — eschewing suburban life to ride public transit back into the urban core of America. Read more