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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...
Nashville's skyline at night
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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.
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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...
Nashville's skyline at night
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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.
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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Portland Housing Stupidity Grows

by Randal O'Toole Here’s an incredibly stupid idea to deal with Portland’s housing affordability problems: Multnomah County proposes to build tiny houses in people’s backyard.