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Dispersed Cities: Starting the 3rd Decade

by Wendell Cox Cities (urban areas or settlements) have been around for millennia. Over that time, cities have changed in form and function. But the way that people move around the city has materially changed only twice.
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Home is Where the Heartland Is

By Lydia DePillis Joel Kotkin is out with a manifesto on the New Heartland, capital H: The belt of states running north from Minnesota and Ohio south to Texas and Florida. Everything, that is, besides the West, the Northeast, and the Mid-Atlantic.
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The Heartland's Future Is Upon Us

by Pete Saunders If the heartland of our nation focuses on its traditional strengths in manufacturing, agriculture and energy, it can usher in new prosperity for more Americans...
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'Hillbilly Elegy' author J.D. Vance, economic development experts discuss the heartland

It was all about middle America at a City Club of Cleveland forum entitled, "The New American Heartland," held at the Global Center for Health Innovation.
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America's Heartland is Critical to Our Future

by Joel Kotkin — The results of the 2016 presidential election have been ascribed -- by the winner’s critics -- to racism, hysteria, stupidity, or nostalgia. But what the results most reflected was a looming economic divide.
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Report on the New American Heartland

by Michael Lind and Joel Kotkin The greatest test America faces is whether it can foster the kind of growth that benefits and expands the middle class. To do so, the United States will need to meet three challenges...
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California Squashes Its Young

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox In this era of anti-Trump resistance, many progressives see California as a model of enlightenment. The Golden State’s post-2010 recovery has won plaudits in the progressive press but...
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California's War on the Emerging Generation

by Joel Kotkin — It should be the obligation of older citizens to try to improve the prospects for their successors. But, here in California, we seem to have adopted an agenda designed to make things tougher...
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The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox Democratic “blue” state attitudes may dominate the national media, but they can’t yet tell people where to live, which is increasingly in "red" states.
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Leaving California? After Slowing, the Trend Intensifies

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox Given its iconic hold on the American imagination, the idea that more Americans are leaving California than coming breaches our own sense of uniqueness and promise.