Joel Kotkin

Blog post
November 7, 2016, 5am PST
In Joel Kotkin's new book The Human City, he argues that suburbanization promotes higher birthrates. But this policy doesn't seem to have worked so far.
Michael Lewyn
August 3, 2016, 12pm PDT
In the latest news, chemical company Chemours will remain in downtown Wilmington, Delaware's largest city. In June, McDonald's decamped from Chicago's suburbs for downtown. This latest corporate trend is the topic of a New York Times article.
The New York Times
May 23, 2016, 12pm PDT
New York's 1916 zoning code would not have allowed 40 percent of buildings in Manhattan to be built today, according to a recent analysis. It also turns 100 on August 27 of this year.
New York Times
Blog post
May 4, 2016, 12pm PDT
A recent Newsweek article on urbanism is chock-full of nonsense.
Michael Lewyn
April 12, 2016, 7am PDT
There's a new volley in the long-running battle between cities and suburbs. In his new book "The Human City," urban scholar Joel Kotkin contends that cities and their planners have lost sight of the residents who matter most: families.
California Planning & Development Report
April 1, 2016, 6am PDT
Pop Quiz: Can you tell these differences between the real phrases, fake phrases, and inconsequential phrases in this contest of planning clickbait?
Planetizen April 1st Edition
October 20, 2015, 7am PDT
As Houston, Dallas and other sun belt cities build out their light-rail systems, some are asking if the investment is worth it.
New Geography
July 10, 2015, 1pm PDT
According to Joel Kotkin, the next culture war will be fought over how and where Americans choose to live. It's suburbs vs. cities, again.
Real Clear Politics
April 26, 2015, 5am PDT
Joel Kotkin recently waded into the conversation about that it will take to return Legacy Cities into the prosperity of former years.
The Plain Dealer
March 5, 2015, 12pm PST
A new think tank to promote suburban growth has been established in Houston by arguably the media's highest-profile supporters of suburban growth.
Houston Chronicle
October 20, 2014, 12pm PDT
Charles Marohn argues against the staunch conservative defense of suburbs (famously voiced by Joel Kotkin) by showing how suburban development falls short of conservative ideals and cities, on the contrary, embody them.
The American Conservative
September 4, 2014, 12pm PDT
Joel Kotkin explores the small cities that are growing the fastest in the United States, and what factors lead to this growth.
Forbes
August 19, 2014, 2pm PDT
Joel Kotkin checks in with a dissenting take on the politics and demographics behind the urban revival.
The Washington Post
May 6, 2013, 6am PDT
Many planners these days are promoting higher densities, especially in urban cores. Urban scholar Joel Kotkin inexplicably takes this trend to mean that a "cult" of planners favors bone-crushing crowds that would turn US cities into slums.
California Planning & Development Report
May 2, 2013, 10am PDT
Patrick J. Kiger looks at the global trends that will impact urban landscapes over the next 50 years and explores two competing visions for the future of land use.
Urban Land
April 30, 2013, 1pm PDT
Joel Kotkin is on a roll in the past few weeks, making the case that the revival of cities and decline of suburbs is a fraud — but his argument ignores the facts, argues Robert Steuteville.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 11, 2013, 6am PDT
An online petition opposing a proposed 53-story, mixed-use "Energy Tower" began circulating in March. "Is this what we want to present to the world, that we're the Dubai of Texas?", asked the organizer. However, Midland is not new to tall buildings.
The Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2013, 11am PDT
After a decade of debate, Richard Florida's theories on the 'creative class' have been championed by many, and challenged by others (perhaps none more forcefully than author Joel Kotkin). In recent articles, the two are battling it out once again.
The Daily Beast
February 26, 2013, 2pm PST
Accounting for 45% of America's land mass and 30% of its population, the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Gulf states, and the Southeastern industrial belt are key to a national revival, says a new report from the Manhattan Institute.
New Geography
May 2, 2012, 11am PDT
Robert Steuteville looks at a recent report on the Golden State's supply and demand imbalance in the housing market. It's not what the <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> has led you to believe.
Better Cities & Towns