Joel Kotkin

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
May 1, 2012, 11am PDT
Josh Stephens, who is quickly becoming the SB 375 defender par excellence, responds to recent criticisms of California’s land use policies by Joel Kotkin in the pages of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>.
California Planning & Development Report
Blog post
March 14, 2012, 8pm PDT

Is it mid-March already?

I’m far overdue for announcing my departure from Planetizen, which happened at the tail end of 2011. It was a wonderful 3 ½ years at the helm, and I thank Chris Steins and Abhijeet Chavan for giving me the opportunity back in 2008 to steer this incomparable resource.

Tim Halbur
July 4, 2011, 9am PDT
Portland leads the nation is sustainability and in fact, may be responsible for starting this movement, but its economy remains mediocre and it is one of America's least diverse cities. Urbanophile's Aaron M. Renn explains why.
June 16, 2011, 11am PDT
AP reports on the Anderson Forecast from UCLA that looks into CA's housing slump and shows two distinct markets, one on the rise and the other (single-family housing) falling.
AP via Bloomberg Business Week
May 8, 2011, 1pm PDT
Joel Kotkin says that despite the fashion for density among urban planners, the future relies on "dispersion" and focusing on developing small and mid-range cities.
New Geography
March 3, 2011, 1pm PST
Joel Kotkin recently argued that America is becoming more suburban. Tim Evans says that it's easy to draw that conclusion "when you define 'suburb' so loosely that it includes just about everything."
Garden State Smart Growth
January 29, 2011, 7am PST
Joel Kotkin argues that planners too often ignore "the most critical issue" in housing.
January 21, 2011, 11am PST
Joel Kotkin argues that most U.S. cities that were struggling in the '60s and '70s have forged a comeback and should no longer need the sort of redevelopment and federal attention they've been given.
New Geography
December 20, 2010, 6am PST
Physicist Geoffrey West of the Santa Fe Institute applied his talents to unraveling urban issues like population growth in a similar vein that he did earlier with biology. He found answers that explain how all cities work if enough data is supplied.
The New York Times - Magazine
November 9, 2010, 10am PST
Joel Kotkin hypothesizes as to which cities will emerge from the recession stronger than ever.
New Geography
July 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
Christopher Leinberger, author of The Option of Urbanism, takes on Joel Kotkin's latest dustup on the "war between the city and the suburbs." Leinberger argues that the data Kotkin's using is dated and doesn't reflect reality.
Brookings blog
July 6, 2010, 10am PDT
Naming Richard Florida, Carol Coletta and ULI as pro-urban forces, Joel Kotkin accuses them of having "wishful thinking" in regards to the back-to-the-city movement. Kotkin says people want single-family homes, not condos.
The Wall St. Journal
June 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
Joel Kotkin examines the causes of growing disaffection among Britain's youth and the associated class conflicts that were highlighted by the recent general election.
New Geography
April 9, 2010, 10am PDT
In a widely-read review of Joel Kotkin's book, a statistic claiming that suburban dwellers join significantly more social clubs than urban residents is called into question by Robert Steuteville.
New Urban News
January 21, 2010, 2pm PST
Joel Kotkin says that the recent Republican win in Massachusetts shows that suburban voters are in revolt against the Obama administration's urban-centric policies.
The American
September 14, 2009, 1pm PDT
Joel Kotkin explains why the Obama Administration's focus on transit is wrong-headed and doesn't do anything for the majority of Americans.
New Geography
July 2, 2009, 1pm PDT
John Petro counters Joel Kotkin's views that America's post-bubble housing policy should be "a renewed quest for homeownership."
October 31, 2008, 12pm PDT
Joel Kotkin derides urban boosters who have looked to external forces -- such as the mortgage meltdown -- to fuel an "urban renaissance", rather than looking at altering their own economic environments to be more attractive to investors.
New Geography