Joel Kotkin: America’s Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The stock market is high, real estate prices have resurged, even the unemployment rate is dropping, yet Americans still feel pretty down about the future. Joel Kotkin, executive editor of NewGeography.Com, identifies five key reasons that Americans should feel encouraged and not discouraged about our future.

Trains Have Limited Value in Contemporary, Urban Transit

To many in the transit business – that is, people who seek to profit from the development and growth of buses, trains and streetcars – Southern California is often seen as a paradise lost, a former bastion of streetcar lines that crossed the region and sparked much of its early development. Today, billions are being spent to revive the region’s transit legacy. But is using a 19th Century technology to solve a 21st Century idea really a smart idea?, asks author Joel Kotkin, Executive Editor of NewGeography.Com in this article provided to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

How the South Will Rise to Power Again

The common media view of the South is as a regressive region, full of overweight, prejudiced, exploited and under-educated numb skulls . This meme was perfectly captured in this Bill Maher-commissioned video from Alexandra Pelosi, the New York-based daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But the South has already begun to rise again and there are abundant reasons why, as explained in great detail by Joel Kotkin, Executive Editor of NewGeorgraphy.Com which studies U.S. domestic and international economic trends.