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Hurricane Harvey Whitepaper

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and the disastrous flooding, Houston has come under extreme scrutiny. Much of the current debate starts from a firm misunderstanding of the region’s realities.
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Los Angeles Transit Ridership Losses Lead National Decline

by Wendell Cox — In recent days, two well placed commentaries have detailed the recent declines both in US transit ridership, and in particular, Los Angeles, where the decline is most severe.
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A Roadmap to Job-Creating Transportation Infrastructure

In this report on the nation's infrastructure, Wendell Cox explores the best ways to address broad public concern about our flagging transportation infrastructure without increasing both the national debt and federal deficit.
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California's Coming Youth Deficit

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Images of California, particularly the southern coast, are embedded with those associated with youthfulness. In reality, the state is falling behind in growth of its youthful population...
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Transit's Precipitous Decline

by Randal O'Toole Transit ridership in Q1 of 2017 was down 3.1% from Q1 in 2016, according the American Public Transportation Association’s latest ridership report. The association released the report without a press release...
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The Cities Creating the Most High-Wage Jobs

by Joel Kotkin As the country moves toward full employment, at least as economists define it, the quality of jobs has replaced joblessness as the primary concern.
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Inequality and the 2016 Election Outcome: A Dirty Secret and a Dilemma

by James Galbraith The presidential election of 2016 occurred at the crest of a national debate over economic inequality, deeply researched by economists and sociologists since the 1990s...
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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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Amtrak and Express Coach Lines: What's Competition Have To Do With It?

by Joseph Schwieterman Express coach lines like BoltBus and Megabus have grown dramatically in recent years, providing millions of Americans with new mobility options...
Shuttered Heartland Factory
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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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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.