Other Articles by Dr. Roger Selbert

Roger is Contributing Editor at NewGeography.com, a site devoted to analyzing trends and issues relating to economics, demographics, work/life, communities, land use, and transportation. Below is a list of Roger’s NewGeography articles, with links.

To read Roger’s other posts and reading suggestions about trends, visit the Latest Trends page of this website.

 

Why We Should Nourish Strong Families
Every social, economic, and public policy issue can be seen, at its base, as a family issue…
06/15/2015

Apocalypse Soon? Uneasiness with The Economy
Seven in 10 Americans say the country is on the wrong track. Americans are unhappy, worried and pessimistic, and…
09/19/2014

The Part-Time, Freelance, Collaborative Economy
Are we becoming a part-time economy? Maybe. A collaborative economy? Possibly. A freelance economy? Definitely…
03/26/2014

Our Dysfunctional Housing Market
This is the story of how elites prospered while killing the singular trend that built America…
12/11/2012

America’s Two Economies
Surely you’ve seen it in your own neck of the woods: great contrasts between prosperity and wealth on the one hand…
06/09/2012

Does a Big Country Need to do Big Things? Yes. Do We Need a Big Government to do them? No.
TV network MSNBC’s left-leaning commentator Rachel Maddow has opened herself up to ridicule by the conservative blogsophere…
11/09/2011

Are We Unraveling?
Is the fabric of society unraveling? That’s been a fear expressed throughout our history, and sometimes it has even been true…
05/13/2011

From the Great Moderation to the Great Stagnation
For much of the past decade, I was a proponent of the thesis that that the American economy had entered…
03/04/2011

Middle America: Problems and Prospects
Undoubtedly, America is a middle class nation. But are there problems in the middle? It would certainly…
01/23/2011

Can We Replicate in the 21st Century What we Accomplished in the 20th? Not if We Handcuff Ourselves
Can the American republic replicate in the 21st century what its people accomplished in the 20th…
12/13/2010

Denmark, and the US, in 2010
Denmark is a good microcosm. It holds lessons for us here in the States, good and bad…
01/16/2010

Demographics May Be Destiny, but Mind the Assumptions
Demographic projections have become an essential tool of national, state and local governments, international agencies, and private businesses…
12/12/2009

Yes, Manufacturing Matters
Manufacturing employment has fallen below 12 million jobs for the first time since 1941, and manufacturing jobs as a percentage of total employment has fallen…
10/28/2009

Koyaanisqatsi Redux
I went to Hollywood one night last week to watch my favorite film of all time, Koyaanisqatsi…
08/02/2009

Lessons from the Left: When Radicals Rule – For Thirty Years
Contrary to popular notions held even here in southern California, Santa Monica was never really a beach town…
07/02/2009

The Twilight of Special Interest Politics
Special interest groups are the scourge of the common interest, are they not? …
05/16/2009

Is That an Economic Light at the End of the Tunnel or an Oncoming Train?
When it comes to the state of the economy, is the worst behind us or still to come? …
04/26/2009

A California Wedding
My wife and I attended a wedding on a recent past weekend. It was a beautiful event in a beautiful…
04/12/2009

Financial Crisis: Have We Hit Bottom Yet?
These are not boom times for optimists. But I believe that – combined with knowledge of what has worked…
01/29/2009

Will the Bubble Burst Aspen?
Aspen is a great town. Its uniqueness extends beyond its spectacular geography to its amenities, people and community spirit…
12/22/2008

The Case for Optimism on the Economy
With the prospect of a long, deep recession staring us in the face, are there any reasons for optimism? …
11/18/2008

The Future of Affirmative Action Under President Obama
There is going to be a lot of debate on the impact of Barack Obama’s election on the future of affirmative action…
11/06/2008

The Middle Class is Key to any City’s Future
What are your favorite cities in the US and abroad? Chances are you like cities for their vibrancy, diversity, people…
10/20/2008

Sprawl is Ubiquitous, even in my Beloved Copenhagen
The year I attended the University of Copenhagen as an undergraduate, I lived in a suburb north of the city…
10/15/2008

The College Town Is Obsolete
The college town occupies a special place in the American consciousness. Small, leafy, brimming with intellectual activity…
09/26/2008

The Future of Suburbs? Suburbs ARE the Future
I entered the field of futures research in 1981. No, not futures – contracts to deliver a certain commodity…
02/10/2008