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The Future of the Center: The Core City in the New Economy Research

The Future of the Center: The Core City in the New Economy

Joel Kotkin


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About The Author

Joel Kotkin, Senior Fellow with the Pepperdine University's Institute for Public Policy and Research Fellow in urban policy at Reason Public Policy Institute, is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends. Mr. Kotkin is the author of hundreds of articles on urban trends and policy, including five books. His most recent books include Repealing Geography: Cities, Communities and Place in the Digital Age (Random House, forthcoming) and Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy (Random House, 1993). Mr. Kotkin is a monthly columnist for the Sunday New York Times, a twice monthly columnist for the Los Angeles Business Journal, a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Opinion Section, and frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes ASAP.