Joel Kotkin


The Star-Studded Discussion of the National Housing Debate

Residential zoning has long been considered a local issue, but some presidential candidates have started weighing in on zoning and housing. Journalists, pundits, and researchers have plenty of complexity to examine as the debate changes venue.

July 25, 2019 - KCRW

Los Angeles Downtown Historic Core

The 'Failure' of Gentrification?

Urban scholar Joel Kotkin says that gentrification has "failed" in Los Angeles. It's a curious notion, since gentrification is generally considered a bad thing. The reality is much more complex than Kotkin suggests.

February 24, 2019 - Josh Stephens

Suburban Neighborhood

'Infinite Suburbia' Upends Everything We Know About Suburbia

Joel Kotkin and Alan M. Berger discuss their new book, which analyses what the suburbs are and will become, in both the United States and around the world.

December 7, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Lincoln Memorial

Kotkin and Florida Team Up to Agree on Devolution

"Vive le difference!" reads the rallying cry if an article co-authored by Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin.

April 17, 2017 - The Daily Beast


Does Suburbia Promote Fertility?

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.

November 7, 2016 - Michael Lewyn


Big, Corporate 'Back to the City' Movement Continues

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.

August 3, 2016 - The New York Times

New York City's Zoning Code, First in the Nation, Approaches its Centennial

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.

May 23, 2016 - New York Times

A bride and groom riding on citi bikes in New York

The Media Attacks Urbanism

A recent Newsweek article on urbanism is chock-full of nonsense.

May 4, 2016 - Michael Lewyn

Calatrava Bridge, Dallas

City vs. Suburb Battle Reignites

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.

April 12, 2016 - California Planning & Development Report

Coachella Crowd

Can You Tell the Difference Between Real Planning Click Bait and Fake Planning Click Bait?

Pop Quiz: Can you tell these differences between the real phrases, fake phrases, and inconsequential phrases in this contest of planning clickbait?

April 1, 2016 - Planetizen April 1st Edition

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.