Economics

Higher Urban Densities Associated with the Worst Housing Affordability

One-by-five_Apartments_Austin_TX.jpg

There is an expectation in some quarters that densification of existing urban areas will lead to improved housing affordability. This argument is used to justify densification policies around the world.  read more »

Flyover Companies are Teaching Immigrants the Language of Success

esl-school.jpg

Cambria and Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafes are among smaller companies in Flyover Country that have joined some of our largest corporate citizens, including Walmart and Target, in recognizing a truth that is becoming increasingly important to our economy: The more that legal immigrants can be assimilated by learning English, the more valuable they will be as employees – and the more fulfilled as Americans.  read more »

Confronting the Supply Chain Crisis

barrett-ward-cargo-backlog-at-port.jpg

For a generation, the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors in California handled more than 40 percent of all container cargo headed into the US and epitomized the power of a globalizing economy.  read more »

Joe Biden's Class War

pres-joe-biden-wisconsin-jobs.jpg

Joe Biden may present himself as a ‘working-class hero’, a claim reiterated recently in the leftist American Prospect, but increasingly America’s workers are showing signs not of common cause but disquiet.  read more »

The Weakness of the Executive Headquarters

7270342724_3e4d200123_c.jpg

Back in 2008 was I one of the first people to start talking about how corporate headquarters were moving back to the global city in the form of the “executive headquarters.” An executive headquarters is one with just the top executives in the firm - from a handful of people up through 500 or so.  read more »

The Great Office Refusal

work-from-anywhere_4x5.jpg

The pandemic has cut a swath through our sense of normalcy, but as has been the case throughout history, a disastrous plague also brings opportunities to reshape and even improve society. COVID-19 provides the threat of greater economic concentration, but also a unique chance to recast our geography, expand the realm of the middle class, boost social equity, and develop better ways to create sustainable communities.  read more »

Can the South Escape its Demons?

protest_with_confederate-flag-gainesville.jpg

Out on the dusty prairie west of Houston, the construction crews have been busy. Gone are the rice fields, cattle ranches and pine forests that once dominated this part of the South. In their place sit new homes and communities. But they are not an eyesore; the homes are affordable and close to attractive town centres, large parks and lakes. These are communities rooted in the individual, the family and a belief in self-governance.  read more »

Joe Biden, Nowhere Man

biden_gage-skidmore.jpg

Joe Biden’s beleaguered presidency has fueled criticism of the man himself — his history of policy missteps, mental incapacity, and  read more »

Amid Airline Re-Set, Ensure We're Flown Into — Not Over

business-aviation.jpg

Amid the ups and downs of the post-Covid airline business, one disturbing constant has settled over the ever-changing route maps: In Flyover Country, we’re still in danger of losing many of our aeronautic lifelines to one another and to the rest of the country and the world. Among other effects, countering that problem will be a big boon to private aviation.  read more »

China's Red Lines: A Failure of Central Planning

MFG_No1_Shenzhen_Bay_in_Weilanhaian_District2020.jpg

Evergrande, China's second-largest property developer, has said that it might not make interest payments on its bonds this week.  read more »