The Future of America’s "Seven Kingdoms"
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  • USNK2

    I also have great respect for Joel Kotkin, but find it difficult to believe that the Northeast will cede anything for one basic reason:
    fresh, potable water supply/infrastructure.
    The ‘left coast’ could disappear in a major earthquake.

    • rheddles

      The Northeast could disappear in an eruption of the Yellowstone caldera. A more interesting question is the lifetime of Hoover Dam.

      In an earthquake, one metropolitan area could be wiped out, but not the left coast. And most companies are dispersing to minimize the impact. Only 3000 Sand Hill Road remains centralized.

  • ljgude

    A great concretization of the very different regions of the US seen through an economic lens. It changes my view of my son’s move some years ago from the left coast’s capital to the northern reaches of the city state of Miami – ie West Palm. The last time I visited him I flew into Ft Lauderdale – and got a birds eye view of the extent of the three cities merged into one. Yup, a city state.

  • Anthony

    Relevant and related content given topic: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com 2011/03/28/middleweight-cities-as-grow and http:www.citigroup.com/citi/citiforcities/pdfs/hotspots2025.pdf – another perspective.

  • Anthony

    Where are the points of disagreement with Kotkin?

    • Anthony

      Must there be points of disagreement and if so what are they.

      • Anthony

        Well, Mead said he didn’t necessarily agree with all of Kotkin’s predictions. As a big Kotin fan, and a regular Via Meadia reader, I was just interested in the specific points of disagreement. I hope my earlier post didn’t come across as accusatory or rude.

        • Anthony

          No, Anthony. But given intern involvement, you cannot always ascribe authorship to WRM.

  • AnnSaltzafrazz

    How much of the growth in the Plains is due to ethanol subsidies–essentially welfare for farmers–making corn production more lucrative?

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