Houston skyline at night

Houston’s changes, challenges, opportunities, and identity

By Tory Gattis Houston's changes during the past 30 years have created some challenges, but also is a driver of opportunities that other cities can learn from.
Houston skyline

Houston's age, ethnic diversity present strong opportunities for growth

By Joe Martin... Houston heralds its diversity and affordability as what makes the city great; at a Houston Business Journal event, urbanism experts discussed its best characteristics and how it can improve.
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The House Prices are Too Damned High

By Wendell Cox — Rents have risen faster than incomes, but nothing compared to the increase in house prices. Clearly, house prices are too damn high. The huge increase in house prices between 1969 and 2015 is an anomaly that has become extreme.
Aerial View of Detroit
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A Capital Improvement and Revitalization Idea for Detroit

By Pete Saunders You may have heard that Detroit is in the midst of a modest but enduring revival in and around its downtown. Residents and businesses are returning to the city...As a former Detroiter I'm excited to see the turnaround.
Bicyclists take a break below new buildings in Austin, Texas, on April 3, 2015. About 900,000 people live in Austin and the city expects that number to reach nearly 1.3 million by 2040. Austin and San Antonio are the twin anchors of a region that is experiencing the fastest growth in the United States. (Matthew Busch/Bloomberg)
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America's Next Great Metropolis Is Taking Shape In Texas

By Joel Kotkin The region around Texas Highway 35 is called the Hill Country — it also turns out to be a growth corridor that is expanding more rapidly than any in the nation.
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The States Gaining And Losing The Most Migrants -- And Money

By Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — When comparing the health of state economies, we usually look at employment and incomes. Another critical indicator worth closer attention is where Americans choose to move, and the places they are leaving.

California for whom?

By Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Historically, our state has been a beacon to outsiders seeking a mainstream chance...
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Politics Move Left, Americans Move Right

By Joel Kotkin — In an election year in which the top likely candidates come from New York, big cities arguably dominate American politics more than at any time since New Deal.

Why has there been an exodus of black residents from West Coast liberal hubs?

By Aaron Renn — The Black Lives Matter movement has brought the challenges facing black America to the fore...

The Sun Belt Is Rising Again, New Census Numbers Show

By Joel Kotkin — From 2009-11, Americans seemed to be clustering again in dense cities...