Advance praise for The New Geography
"Geography is not much taught in our schools anymore. But Joel Kotkin teaches the geography we need to know as we enter the twenty-first century. The New Geography takes us on a tour to America’s new nerdistans, like Raleigh, North Carolina, and Irvine, California, where techies live in orderly new suburbs, to newly revived core-city neighborhoods in downtown Houston, to artisan bakeries in the outer boroughs of New York and refurbished small-town-like downtowns in older suburbs like Downers Grove, Illinois. In the process he explains how American cities now are no longer industrial centers, but resemble the great cities of the preindustrial past: sixteenth-century Venice, seventeenth-century Amsterdam, eighteenth-century London. As always, Kotkin is an instructive teacher and a congenial traveling companion."
–Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report;
co-author of The Almanac of American Politics
"Joel Kotkin is always ahead of the curve. The New Geography is an indispensable guide to how the high-tech economy has repealed old assumptions and remade the American economic and political landscape."
–Fred Siegel, author of The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America’s Big Cities
"Not only are we using geography and the built environment in new ways, Joel Kotkin argues in this brief but compelling study, but the digital revolution is refashioning our inner landscape as well: sometimes radically, to be sure, but often in ways that reconfirm (or revive) our most cherished traditions."
–Dr. Kevin Starr, state librarian of California