- Economic, demographic, and political commentary about places

Digital Divide: Bridging the Urban-Rural Connectivity Gap


If you live in an urban area, you may mistakenly believe that everyone has access to reliable Wi-Fi, personal computers, and cellular networks. However, millions of rural Americans live without these increasingly essential amenities.  read more »

Is It Safe to Ride Transit?


Less than half of New York City residents feel safe riding the subway today, down from 82 percent before the pandemic.  read more »

Massive Shift from Urban Cores to Suburbs and Elsewhere


Moving Away from the Major Metros: The recent Census Bureau population estimates release revealed a massive shift of domestic migrants away from the major metropolitan areas  read more »

America is Strangely Fond of Chemically Modifying its Children


The recent decision by the National Health Service to ban puberty blockers under prescription outside of upcoming clinical trials is a rare indication that common sense and biological reality are staging a comeback.  read more »


Ending the Phone Based Childhood


NYU professor Jonathan Haidt has a new book out called The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.  read more »

Electric Cars Will Decide the Outcome of the American Election


If Joe Biden loses to Donald Trump this November, he can apportion blame towards his administration’s many unforced errors  read more »


NYC Must Stop Destroying Its Institutions


Due to budget concerns, New York City Mayor Eric Adams proposed cuts to the New York City public library budgets, forcing the majority of public libraries to cut their hours and open only five days a week.  read more »

The Coming Revolt Against Woke Capitalism


The greatest threat to Western civilisation comes not from China, Russia or Islamists, but from the very people who rank among its greatest beneficiaries.  read more »


CSY Opinion Piece In Crain's Chicago Business


(Note: Last week I was fortunate enough to have an opinion piece written by Ed Zotti and myself published in Crain's Chicago Business. It's on the continuing loss of Chicago's Black middle class, at least as defined by its ability to attract Black college graduates. The article is behind a paywall, but as a co-author I took the liberty of posting it here.  read more »

The Democratic Party is Now Indisputably Woke


The passing this last week of Joe Lieberman, a long-time Connecticut Senator and former vice-presidential candidate, stands as reminder of how far the Democrats have moved  read more »