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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.
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The 37 Megacities and Largest Cities: Demographia World Urban Areas: 2017

by Wendell Cox Many of the world’s biggest cities are getting bigger still. In 2017, the number of megacities --- urban areas with better than ten million people --- increased to 37 in 2017...
Divided Nation
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To Reunite America, Liberate Cities to Govern Themselves

by Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida Even setting the dysfunction of our national government, the fact is that no top-down, one-size-fits-all set of policies can address the very different conditions that prevail among communities.
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Flight From Urban Cores Accelerates: 2016 Metropolitan Area Estimates

by Wendell Cox The flight from the nation’s major metropolitan area core counties increased 60 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to just-released estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The screwed generation turns socialist
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The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

by Joel Kotkin The Depression and WWII shaped the greatest generation, and postwar prosperity shaped the Baby Boomers. Millennials, battered by capitalism, move ever leftward.
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Visualizing Houston's Population Density

by Brian Shreckengast Population density may sound like the most mundane of metrics, a column heading in a city planner’s spreadsheet, but in cities across the U.S. it’s been a source of cultural controversy, guiding where people move and why.