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Joel Kotkin.

Joel Kotkin is a City Journal contributing editor. Described by The New York Times as America's "uber-geographer," for over three decades Kotkin has been one of the nation's most prolific and widely-published journalists. He currently writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for Forbes.com. He is also a distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, California, a senior visiting fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a fellow at the National Chamber Foundation. A highly respected speaker and futurist, he consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions, and cities. He also serves as executive editor of the website www.newgeography.com.

Kotkin's books include The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 (The Penguin Press) and The City: A Global History (Random House/Modern Library). He lectures widely in the United States and worldwide, and is sought-after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations. In 2010 he won the Gene Burd Award for best urban reporting. He is currently serving as a guest lecturer at Singapore's Civil Service College. Kotkin attended the University of California, Berkeley. A native New Yorker, he has lived in California since 1971. He lives in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.


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Advocacy Groups
  • The New Class Warfare City Journal, Spring 2012


  • Affirmative Action
  • Riordan's Retreat City Journal, Autumn 1996


  • Business and Economy
  • Why L.A. Is Bouncing Back City Journal, Summer 1996
  • The Golden State’s War on Itself City Journal, Summer 2010
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011
  • How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo Wall Street Journal, 07-29-11
  • Wanted: Blue-Collar Workers City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • The State of the Anglosphere City Journal, Winter 2012
  • The New Class Warfare City Journal, Spring 2012
  • Are Millennials the Screwed Generation? The Daily Beast, 07-16-12
  • The Third Coast City Journal, Autumn 2012
  • The Gulf Coast is America's New Economic Powerhouse Dallas Morning News, 12-17-12
  • The Childless City City Journal, Summer 2013
  • Are Millennials Turning Their Backs On The American Dream? The Daily Beast, 11-10-13
  • America’s Opportunity City City Journal, Summer 2014


  • California
  • The Golden State’s War on Itself City Journal, Summer 2010
  • Fred Siegel interviews Joel Kotkin on the state of California Podcast: Interview, August 12, 2010
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011
  • How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo Wall Street Journal, 07-29-11
  • The New Class Warfare City Journal, Spring 2012
  • Is Perestroika Coming In California? Forbes.com, 06-12-12
  • Let L.A. Be L.A. City Journal, Summer 2012
  • Joel Kotkin discusses his City Journal article, "Let L.A. Be L.A." Podcast: Interview, July 29, 2012
  • The Childless City City Journal, Summer 2013
  • City of Villages City Journal, Winter 2014


  • Children and Family
  • The Childless City City Journal, Summer 2013
  • The Childless City The Epoch Times, 11-29-13


  • Culture and Society
  • Are Millennials the Screwed Generation? The Daily Beast, 07-16-12
  • Are Millennials Turning Their Backs On The American Dream? The Daily Beast, 11-10-13
  • The Childless City The Epoch Times, 11-29-13


  • Economic Development
  • Boomtown City Journal, Spring 1997
  • San Diego: A City for the New Millennium City Journal, Winter 1997
  • They’re Outta Here City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Why L.A. Is Bouncing Back City Journal, Summer 1996
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011
  • Small Cities Are Becoming New Engine Of Economic Growth Forbes.com, 05-08-12
  • Let L.A. Be L.A. City Journal, Summer 2012
  • America's Growth Corridors: The Key to National Revival Civic Report, February 2013
  • The Real Winners Of The Global Economy: The Material Boys Forbes.com, 03-06-13
  • Success And The City Wall Street Journal, 07-15-14


  • Education
  • The Real Winners Of The Global Economy: The Material Boys Forbes.com, 03-06-13


  • Energy
  • The Real Winners Of The Global Economy: The Material Boys Forbes.com, 03-06-13


  • Environment
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011
  • The New Class Warfare City Journal, Spring 2012


  • Ethnicity
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011


  • Foreign Affairs
  • The State of the Anglosphere City Journal, Winter 2012


  • Higher Education
  • Are Millennials the Screwed Generation? The Daily Beast, 07-16-12


  • Housing and Redevelopment
  • Let L.A. Be L.A. City Journal, Summer 2012
  • The Childless City City Journal, Summer 2013
  • America’s Opportunity City City Journal, Summer 2014


  • New York City
  • Silicon Island? City Journal, Summer 1996
  • The Childless City The Epoch Times, 11-29-13


  • New York State
  • They’re Outta Here City Journal, Autumn 1996


  • NYC Economy
  • Silicon Island? City Journal, Summer 1996


  • Other Cities
  • Boomtown City Journal, Spring 1997
  • Riordan's Retreat City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • San Diego: A City for the New Millennium City Journal, Winter 1997
  • Why L.A. Is Bouncing Back City Journal, Summer 1996
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011
  • How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo Wall Street Journal, 07-29-11
  • Small Cities Are Becoming New Engine Of Economic Growth Forbes.com, 05-08-12
  • It’s Mormon in America City Journal, Autumn 2012
  • The Third Coast City Journal, Autumn 2012
  • The Childless City The Epoch Times, 11-29-13


  • Politics
  • The Real Winners Of The Global Economy: The Material Boys Forbes.com, 03-06-13


  • Public Pension Funds
  • Is Perestroika Coming In California? Forbes.com, 06-12-12


  • Quality of Life
  • Are Millennials the Screwed Generation? The Daily Beast, 07-16-12


  • Race
  • Riordan's Retreat City Journal, Autumn 1996


  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Riordan's Retreat City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011


  • Regulation
  • San Diego: A City for the New Millennium City Journal, Winter 1997
  • They’re Outta Here City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Why L.A. Is Bouncing Back City Journal, Summer 1996
  • L.A.’s Engine of Growth City Journal, Winter 1993
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011


  • Religion
  • It’s Mormon in America City Journal, Autumn 2012


  • Taxes and Budget
  • They’re Outta Here City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011


  • Tech and Environment
  • Silicon Island? City Journal, Summer 1996
  • Urban Eagles City Journal, Winter 1996


  • Technology
  • Silicon Island? City Journal, Summer 1996


  • Unions
  • Lost Angeles City Journal, Summer 2011
  • Is Perestroika Coming In California? Forbes.com, 06-12-12


  • Urban Issues
  • L.A.’s Engine of Growth City Journal, Winter 1993
  • How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo Wall Street Journal, 07-29-11
  • The Real Winners Of The Global Economy: The Material Boys Forbes.com, 03-06-13
  • The Childless City City Journal, Summer 2013
  • The Childless City The Epoch Times, 11-29-13
  • America’s Opportunity City City Journal, Summer 2014
  • Success And The City Wall Street Journal, 07-15-14


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